EAPN has lost two very important women

It was with deep sadness and shock that Friday 15 August we received the news about the loss of two very important women for all of us in EAPN family: Alida Smeekes (EAPN Netherlands) and Ruth Brand (EAPN Germany). They were both strong and devoted founding members of our network and contributed deeply for the fight against poverty and social exclusion. We would like to express our deep condolences to their families and friends and remember all of us that the best way to honor them is to preserve their lasting legacy in our hearts, thoughts and actions.

Sérgio Aires: President of EAPN

If you should wish to contribute a message or a memory you have of Ruth or Alida please send an email to by 5 September. We will put these messages together and send to the families and Networks concerned and put them on our website as a tribute to the lives of these two women who have contributed from their strengths and convictions to the story of EAPN and the fight against poverty.


1 – Alides Smeekes at the 9th EU Meeting of People Experiencing Poverty

2 – Ruth Brand at the Social Forum


Results of EAPN’s 2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE: How will the Europe 2020 Strategy Mid-Term Review reduce poverty and inequality?

Seminar and Roundtable Debate

How will the Europe 2020 Strategy Mid-Term Review reduce poverty and inequality?

EAPN organised a round table on Friday 3 October 2014 to present its own assessment and proposals and to create a space for debate between EU Institutions and other stakeholders on how real progress on the poverty target can be made. It offered an opportunity to assess why the Strategy and the Semester has failed to deliver on poverty, participation and growing inequality and to discuss concrete recommendations for change to feed into the Mid-Term Review process.

Semester Alliance publishes its Toolkit for Engaging in Europe 2020 and the European Semester

In July 2014, the EU Alliance for a Democratic, Social and Sustainable European Semester (Semester Alliance) publishes its Toolkit for Engaging in Europe 2020 and the European Semester. Aimed at the national members of the European organisations which constitute the Semester Alliance, it is designed to support them in engaging with Europe 2020 and the European Semester, including the upcoming Mid-Term Review.

EAPN participates in Informal Joint Meeting of EU Environment and Labour Ministers

14/07/2014 – This 17th July 2014, Vice president of EAPN, Letizia Cesarini Sforza will be representing EAPN at the Informal Meeting of EU Environment and Employment Ministers in Milano. EU ministers from labour and environment will  discuss in 4 different workshops employment and green growth focusing on job creation and skill’s development as well as on other concrete measures such as shifting the tax burden away from labour onot energy.  

ECI on Water and Sanitation: Consultation on quality of drining water till 23/09, organisations and citizens, please take part!

25/06/2014 – The European Commission has launched a consultation on the quality of drinking water supply in response to the ECI right2water, the only successful ECI so far. We invite civil society organisations and European citizens to participate in this consultation and to address the human rights aspect of water, the responsibility of governments to provide the service, the fact that it is a “natural monopoly” (there is no market!) and to address that outsourcing or delegation of services do NOT lead to better quality.


EAPN co-signs Europe+ letter to MEPs

01/07/2014 – Europe+, an alliance of 40+ European civil society organisations working together for positive democratic change in the EU through the active and better involvement of citizens, wrote a letter to the new MEPs to engage with them in a constructive dialogue to ensure civil society participates fully in this new legislative term. Europe+ builds on the recommendations of the 2013 European Year of Citizens Alliance that developed a policy agenda to ensure a vibrant European democracy where decisions are made in line with citizens’ needs, aspirations and visions for society. 

EAPN participates in EESC panel – From Active Inclusion to Social Investment

16/06/2014 – EAPN was invited to a conference on Active Inclusion to Social Investment in Brussels, co- organized by the European Economic and Social Committee and Eurofound, aiming at focusing on the measures taken at European level to step up active inclusion and social investment. Barbara Helfferich, Director of EAPN, participated in the panel on the social policy agenda: from active inclusion to social investment, which followed the keynote speech by Social Affairs Commissioner Laslo Andor.