07/10 – Sian Jones, EAPN Policy coordinator, intervened in Whither the Social Europe? 2nd NEUJOBS ‘brainstorming’ workshop at CEPS in Brussels, on the results of key research results from the NEUJOBs project funded through FP7. Key themes discussed included social Europe in the aftermath of the crisis, social services of general interest, emerging social dilemmas and longer term challenges.
EAPN participates in Human Inner Design Conference: Shaping a new role for European Citizens and Institutions in Time of Change
06/11 – EAPN participated in a foreward-looking conference in the European Parliament, organized by Fondazione Patrizio Paoletti together with the Learning for Well-Being Alliance and Eurochild. The conference aimed to identify new opportunities to promote learning for well being for children and adults: a better understanding of how people work (their interior world) and to promote a change in education/training systems to encourage new skills which can help people to better manage change, create pro-active and pro-social attitudes.
EAPN presents its recommendations at event hosted by MEP Dennis de Jong: Poverty Reduction – Bridging the Gap
On 16 October, EAPN Policy coordinator Sian Jones spoke on the role of Europe 2020 and the current state of play of the European Semester in the fight against poverty, along with Sonja Leemkuil, from EAPN Netherlands, who gave her testimony, at the event Poverty Reduction – Bridging the Gap, organized by Dennis de Jong as part of activities for the International Day of Poverty for the Dutch Socialist Party.
07/10 – As part of a delegation of the European Platform, EAPN met with Employment and Social Affairs Commissioner Lazlo Andor. While the EAPN welcomed the latest commission on the social dimension of the EMU, we stated clearly where the communication fell short of our expectations. See EAPN statement here below.
03/10 – FEANTSA and Niccolò Rinaldi MEP (ALDE group) co-hosted a public hearing to raise awareness about how homeless people can participate in the development of homeless services and decision-making with regard to homelessness Participation of homeless people: Get a different result… get people participating!
EAPN speaks in Roundtable Discussion launching new White Paper of the International Juvenile Justice Office
23/09 – EAPN spoke in the EESC in a roundtable panel part on: The impact of the economic crisis on employment, education, social exclusion and children´s rights”in the framework of the IJJO White Paper Launch : “Save money, protect society and realise youth potential – Improving youth justice practice in a time of economic crisis”.The IJJO report highlights the social impact of the crisis on young people, showing that the cuts have been made ‘where it hurts them most’ affecting household income, services and employment, which have repercussions in the rise of juvenile crime.
EAPN attends the Expert discussion ”A leap ahead: social innovation in social services” organised by Eurodiaconia
26/09 – EAPN attended the Expert discussion ”A leap ahead : social innovation in social services” organised by Eurodiaconia. The discussion involved NGOs, European Commission (DG Enterprises, Bureau of European Policy Advisors) and academics.
EAPN attends EPC Briefing: Commissioner Andor presents his vision on the Social Dimension of the EMU
24/09 – Commissioner Andor presented his vision on the Social Dimension of the EMU to a well-attended EPC briefing, prior to the publication of the Commission Communication, due to be published on 3 October. Commissioner Andor talked of Europe facing an ‘existential crisis’, resulting from the insufficiencies of the economic framework of the EMU and the failure to take action on social imbalances. The ‘polarisation and widening gap’ between the north/centre and the peripheries in Europe, and regions were reaching a state of ‘social emergency’, as highlighted by President Barroso in his State of the Union Speech in September.
11/09 – News Splash n°22: On 10 September we stopped collecting signatures for the first successful European Citizens’ Initiative “Water is a human right!”. Nearly 1.9 million citizens have signed the statement of support demanding that the European Commission “implement the human right to water and sanitation in European legislation”.