People’s Tribunal on EU’s crisis policies shows violations of social rights and a roll-back of democracy across Europe

14-15/05/2014 – As elections in the EU were approaching, a People’s Tribunal Hearing on the EU’s response to the crisis took place in Brussels, organised by Corporate Europe Observatory. On 15 and 16 May, representatives from organisations across Europe gave testimony to an era of financial, economic and social crisis which began in 2008. Their verdict? The EU’s policies have taken Europe on a course towards social and political regression. Fintan Farrell, from EAPN Secretariat, contributed to the Tribunal on behalf of EAPN with a presentation on the impact of austerity on poverty and social exclusion in the EU

38 leading organisations urge European Council to protect migrant children’s rights

22/05/2014 – As the European Union is developing its strategic guidelines on the future of Justice and Home Affairs policies, 38 leading organisations in the fields of human rights, health, education and social inclusion, including the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF, OHCHR and the European Network for Ombudspersons, are calling on the European Council to use the opportunity to advance on its achievements and commitments to every child, including migrant children in vulnerable situations, by making children’s rights a strategic and actionable priority for Home Affairs policy in the coming years.

EPSU calls for change of tack in economic policy –refocussing on reducing inequality – investing in public spending and quality jobs

21 May 2014, Toulouse – EAPN spoke in the economic policy panel in the EPSU 9th Assembly, held in Toulouse. The panel was chaired by Philippe Pochet, ETUI, who channelled the panel debate around the 5 key challenges presented by Ronald Janssen/ETUC  : the lack of  demand fuelled by austerity,  the need for a rethink on ECB investment policy, increasing precarious work, and falling wage share compared to profits; the need for fair taxation to finance public services and benefits and reduce inequality.

EAPN participates in ETUI conference “Benchmarking working Europe 2014. Evaluating 5 years crisis management”

25/04/2014 – EAPN took part in ETUI (European Trade Union Institute) conference: “Benchmarking working Europe 2014. Evaluating 5 years crisis management.” The conference aimed at presenting the report “Benchmarking working Europe 2014”, reviewing the crisis and EU austerity policies in the last five years from the point of view of European’s social agenda.

EAPN Speaks at ImPRovE Mid-term Conference ‘The distributive impact of policies before and during the crisis – Lessons for Europe 2020’

08/04/2014 – EAPN spoke at the IMPROVE Conference on The distributive impact of policies before and during the crisis: Lessons for Europe 2020. The conference, held in the University of Antwerp presented the mid-term results of the EU funded project ImPRovE. The project is scrutinizing the impact of policies on poverty and inequality trends during the Lisbon era and the recent economic crisis, drawing lessons for the future. It paid particular attention to the countries hardest hit by the crisis and reflected on how the Europe 2020 targets can be reached.

Spring Alliance European Elections’ Manifesto is out!

As a member of the Social Platform, EAPN supports and has contributed to the Manifesto of the Spring Alliance (Social Platform, EEB, Concord, ETUC) for the European Elections A better Europe now, which aims to present a positive vision of Europe “that puts people and planet first”.  In our previous Flash newsletter, we mentioned the launch of the manifesto (08/04) but didn’t provide you with the actual document. There it is!

REGISTER NOW!! EU Alliance for a more democratic, social and sustainable European Semester is launched at the EESC

This 07 April, the EU Alliance for a more democratic, social and sustainable European Semester kick starts in a hearing in the European Economic and Social Committee. The public hearing, Strengthening the legitimacy of the European Semester, will present the Semester Alliance, which gathers 16 European networks of civil-society organisations and trade unions, and their new report “Civil-Society Proposals for Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive growth“. This is a public hearing targeting EU decision makers and stakeholders, but open to everyone. REGISTER BY 1st APRIL!