In 2015, as part of the ‘DRIVERS for Health Equity’ project, EAPN published a report and synthesis of case-study evidence on income and social protection, which is a joint EAPN and Centre for health Equity Studies (CHESS) work. Authored by Fiona McHardy with Olle Lundberg, this research undertook a case study approach exploring in a comparative country context, the impact of social protection system, both operations and provisions, on health inequality, in Hungary, Poland, UK, Sweden and Portugal. The publication also includes a very useful EAPN toolkit on how to develop focus groups (Annex 2 – Page 31). Open the Report and Toolkit here.
EAPN sends its contribution to President Juncker on Annual Growth Survey
22/09/2015 – EAPN sent yesterday its contribution to the Annual Growth Survey to European Commission President Juncker. As the letter highlights, EAPN has been engaged in the European Semester process from the start in 2011, showcasing the experience and knowledge from its members on the impact of EU policies on people’s lives. EAPN strongly hopes to meet with President Juncker to discuss the network’s contribution to the European Semester as well as adequate solutions for people’s well-being.
EAPN reacts to Commission’s proposal for a Recommendation on the reintegration of the long-term unemployed
17/09/2015 – The Commission’s proposal for a Recommendation on the reintegration of the long-term unemployed is now out. EAPN broadly welcomes the initiative, but highlights important shortfall, such as insufficient references to adequate income support; hidden risks of negative activation based on sanctions and punitive measures; the absence of references to quality of work and employment; no mention of the role and involvement of civil society organisations.
16/09/2015 – European Civil Society Organisations and Networks, including EAPN, working on both international and domestic EU policies across a wide variety of sectors addressed a letter to Vice-President of the EUropean Commission Frans Timmermans also responsible for sustainable development, ahead of the UN Summit in New York (25-27/09) where Heads of State and Government will adopt the universal, people- and planet-centered 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (‘Agenda 2030’). “As European civil society, we now expect the EU to match the ambition of this Agenda with a clear EU implementation strategy, which reflects the integrated, interlinked and comprehensive nature of the Agenda, in order to ensure well-being for all within planetary boundaries“.
EAPN at EPC Briefing with Vice President Dombrovskis: Unfinished Business – what is needed to strengthen the EMU Governance
18/09/2015 – At the EPC event today, Vice President Dombrovskis provided an update on the latest developments on deepening the EMU, implementing the 5 President’s Report. The main priorities up to 2017 were outlined as 1) implementing the macroeconomic rule through the European Semester, 2) Financial Backstops and 2) Banking Union. The key slogan was ‘deepening by doing’ – implementing closer macroeconomic governance through the European Semester, by focussing more clearly on Social and Economic Challenges and improving visibility and ownership of the Semester by involving more Member States, European parliament and Social partners. Sian Jones, EAPN, intervened on 5 key elements:
17/09/2015 – Yesterday, the Semester Alliance broad coalition addressed a letter to European Commission President Juncker to express its concern about the direction his Commission has taken when it adopted the Country Specific Recommendations for 2015. The letter urges him “to address this and turn the 2016 AGS into a first step towards a European Semester that is democratic, social, sustainable and inclusive“. “Using the European Semester purely as an instrument to ensure macro-economic and monetary stability will not help you bring the EU closer to its citizens”. #semesteralliance #AGS2016
08/09/2015 – With today’s vote the EP demands that the EC make concrete legislative proposals to recognize the human right to water and sanitation as defined by the UN. This victory is for the supporters of the Right to Water and also for democracy in the European Union. This vote adds support to the 1.9 million signature collected, backs up what the candidates to the Presidency of the European Commission previously agreed, and the report of the Economic and Social Committee as they all call on the Commission to act.
“The best and worst of Europe” | Civil Society calls on EU Governments to create a more welcoming Europe #weapologise
11/09 – Ahead of the European Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting on 14 September, the Social Platform, Concord and the European NGO Platform on Asylum and Migration (EPAM) addressed today a letter to the European Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs entitled “The best and worst of Europe” to call on Member State governments and ministers to create a more welcoming Europe. This letter is fully supported by EAPN and its national networks. This letter is part of the #weapologise initative that 46 civil-society organisations and networks, including EAPN and a lot of its European-Organisation members, launched by addressing an open letter to people fleeing war, persecution and poverty on 08 Sept.
EAPN supports people fleeing war, persecution & poverty in an open letter from the Social Platform #weapologise
08/09/2015 46 civil-society organisations and networks, including EAPN, sent an open letter to people fleeing war, persecution and poverty. on behalf of our national and European leaders for their inexcusable lack of coordinated humanitarian aid to the situation you and thousands of others are in while crossing our borders to escape war, persecution and poverty. This message #weapologise was spread out on the day of President Juncker’s State of the Union speech (08/09/2015) and ahead of the European Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting on 14 September.
EAPN 2015 Annual Policy Conference | Can the Semester deliver on poverty and participation? #2015EAPN
Friday 9th October, EAPN held its annual policy conference where it presented its Assessment of the 2015 National Reform Programmes (NRPs) and European Semester, and debated together with 150 stakeholders including 80 EAPN national members, decision-makers and other stakeholders key questions: What needs to be done to ensure that the European Semester deliver on its Europe 2020 commitments to reduce poverty and promote participation? How can we help the EU move forward on a social, sustainable and democratic strategy that could give hope and restore faith in the EU?
Key speakers included Commissioner Thyssen, Outi Slotboom, DG ECFIN, Raquel Lucas, Cabinet of Commissioner Dombrovskis, Sergio Prieto, MEP & Tom Dominique, Chair of the SPC. The conference opened with a video by Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament.
Members of the EP, EESC, ETUC, and other civil society actors including people with direct experience of poverty were present. The event was hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) /SOC Section.