20/03/2014 – The Child Poverty Action Group in association with the Poverty Alliance (EAPN in Scotland), the Open University and Glasgow Caledonian University have published a new edition of Poverty in Scotland series of books. The latest edition focuses on the key social justice and anti-poverty issues facing Scotland as it decides its constitutional future on the 18th of September 2014. As well as looking at the Scottish situation, the collection contains articles look at the experience of tackling poverty in Germany, Belgium, the Basque Country, Catalonia and others.
24/02 – On the occasion of the celebration of Estonian Independence Day at St. Olaf’s Church, EAPN Estonia organised an awareness-raising event around poverty and extreme poverty. The event aimed at gathering Tallinn’s homeless people, people who consider themselves to be living in poverty as well as decision makers. This event, open to the public, was also attended by two MEPs Indrek Tarand and Ivari Padar. In Strasbourg that day, Tunne Kelam however expressed his support.
04/03/2014 – Most EAPN National Networks have alerted national and local media on the launch of EAPN’s campaign around the European Elections Electing Champions for a Social Europe. Along with European Organisations, some of which also participated in the press briefing with MEPs and candidates to the 2014, they have also been active on social media and are on board for this active 2-month campaign!
05/03/2014 – The lead MEPs in charge for the second pillar of banking union, the single resolution mechanism, have begun preparing texts for Parliament’s April plenary vote. These texts will take on board concerns of some member states in a spirit of compromise, while at the same time maintaining a credible and fair system, able to reach the fundamental goals. The MEPs restate that they will not sign up to a system with serious and evident flaws.
EAPN Ireland news: new report on human impacts of austerity and preparation for Social Inclusion Forum
New report from Community Platform on the human impacts of austerity
25/02/2014 – a new report by a network of 30 leading Irish national organisations working against poverty and inequality highlights the Government’s failure to protect the most vulnerable in society. It warns that the dual attack of unemployment and relentless cuts at national and local level has pushed individuals, families and communities into poverty.
01/03/2014 –Walk with us, be loud its 5 to 12! – Macedonian Anti-Poverty Platform and 8-mi Septemvri organizers march against poverty and concert for dignified life, At 5 minutes to 12 in front of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia.
21/02/2014 – The Macedonian Anti-Poverty Platform (MAPP) has created and started implementing a youth policy through a multi sectoral approach. In order to meet youth needs and interests, MAPP’s goal is to promote youth organizing, establishing measures and recommendations associated with young people and their activities, strengthening their participation in the public life and informing them.
19/02/2014 – Kisa, a member of EAPN Cyprus, has forwarded us this editorial article by the Cyprus Mail, “Immigration department appears to be accountable to no one”, which raises the issues of systematic contempt of the Supreme Court’s decisions, violation of the rule of law and abuse of power by the Civil Registry and Migration Department (CRMD) of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Cyprus.
14/02 – In many countries, demonstrations are protesting against the Hungarian law that came into effect on 15 October 2013, criminalising homeless people who “reside habitually in public premises”. t is also the case today, in Brussels, at 11am, in front of the Hungarian Embassy. This law entails that homeless people in most of the districts in Budapest and in the adjoining communes are at risk of being fined, forced to do community-service or put into jail only for staying on the streets and squares of the city. EAPN supports these demonstrations and the Steering Committee of the Hungarian Anti- Poverty Networkhas also put forward a statement, calling on the Hungarian Government to withdraw this law.
EAPN Ireland starts its first 2014 newsletter by commenting Ireland’s regaining of fiscal independence: “This turning point should focus our mind on what type of society we want to re-build and what political and economic decisions are needed to achieve an end to poverty and a more equal and inclusive Ireland.” You’ll also find the list of activities coming up on An Alternative Social Report and Plan for Ireland, Decent Work, Irish Social Inclusion Forum, Structural Funds, the European Parliament elections and adequate minimum income.