22/06/2015 – EAPN participated in the EESC public hearing on a draft opinion being prepared by Bernard Schluter, with the backing of the EESC study group. The EESC opinion aims to press for a coherent framework on basic principles from the EU with a stronger instrument to reinforce fundamental rights to ensure fundamental rights to social protection.
06/07/2015 – The EESC Steering Committee on Europe 2020 organized a timely conference on reshaping Europe 2020, to underpin the EU’s future strategy for a more inclusive and sustainable recovery to the crisis. Mary Collins, EWL, spoke on behalf of the Semester Alliance, highlighting its recent actions to support engagement by civil society in the Semester, including 3 successful cross-sectoral pilot alliances in Denmark, Bulgaria and Ireland. Ms Collins also presented the Alliance’s assessment of the European Semester, including the country-specific recommendations 2015, underlining concern about the disappearance of Europe 2020 from EU narrative.
Now is the time for socially-just reforms to put the well-being of people back at the heart of European policies
The Social Platform, with EAPN as member, has sent a letter to Heads of States, Presidents of the EU, and Presidents of the European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund about the social emergency in Greece. Read the letter here.
EAPN holds its Strategic Congress and General Assembly 03 & 04 July 2015
The European-Anti Poverty Network holds its Strategic Congress and General Assembly, on 03 and 04 July 2015 in Bilbao, Spain, attended by over 100 participants. The event is a key moment for EAPN members, EAPN national networks and European Organisations member of EAPN, to exchange and to endorse EAPN’s new Strategic Plan. The participation of key representatives from academic institutions, regional, national and EU authorities will enrich the debates. The President of the Basque Country Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu will notably open EAPN’s the Strategic Congress. EAPN’s Strategic Congress also comes at a decisive moment to take a firm stand on several crises, notably on the EU Migration Agenda and on the EU’s response to the Greek crisis. On 04 July, EAPN’s 2015 General Assembly will also elect its new board.
EU Alliance for Investing in Children | Juncker’s Investment Plan – Investing in social progress, human capital, health and education
Press Statement of the EU Alliance for Investing in Children on the occasion of the European Parliament’s adoption of the European Fund for Strategic Investments
25/06/2015 – The EU Alliance for Investing in Children welcomes the European Parliament’s adoption of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) – yesterday during their plenary session in Brussels. MEPs have added important provisions on how the EFSI should be allocated which will ensure long-term strategic investments and societal progress, such as investment in targeted social policies in line with the 2013 Social Investment Package and support of projects in the fields of human capital, culture, education and health. In addition, we welcome the inclusion that the EFSI should contribute to achieving the Europe 2020 targets.However, the Alliance for Investing in Children regrets that investing in education from an early age is no longer explicitly mentioned in the adopted text. There is considerable evidence on the benefits of investing in early childhood education and care for all children for achieving long term results in tackling poverty, exclusion and unemployment.
24/06/2015 – This week negotiations on the final text for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are taking place in the UN. The outcome should be the final agreement that world leaders will sign for in the Summit in September. The current document being discussed is the “Zero-Draft” in which we want to see an explicit mention of the Human Right to Water and Sanitation in the final text, as stated and drafted by the NGO Mining Working Group.
22/06/2015 – Next Thursday, 25 June, the European Parliament will vote for the first time ever on the outcome of a European Citizens Initiative (ECI) – the right to water. Help us exclude water and sanitation from any trade agreement and send a message to your MEPs!
EU 2020 Strategy is further off-track to deliver inclusive, sustainable, equal and social EU, writes EU Semester Alliance to EU Council
19/06/2015 – 19/06/2015 – The EU Alliance for a democratic, social and sustainable European Semester also called ‘Semester Alliance’ addressed a letter yesterday to Heads of States and top EU officials ahead of the EU Council next 25 & 26 June on the endorsement of the 2015 Country-Specific Recommendations (CSRs). The Semester Alliance highlights that the EU has failed to deliver an inclusive recovery strategy and that immediate action is needed to bring the Europe 2020 back on track with all its initial goals.
EU Alliance for Investing in Children | Country-Specific Recommendations fail children. Urgent call to Action
16/06/2015 – On 13 May, the European Commission published its proposals for Country-Specific Recommendations (CSRs). The partners in the EU Alliance for Investing in Children are deeply concerned that the Commission’s fewer, but targeted, priorities fail to address the needs of in the EU, in particular over 26 million children1 who are at risk of poverty and social exclusion.
EAPN writes to the EMPL Committee of the EP ahead of the vote on the Guidelines for Employment Policies of the Member States
12/06/2015 – EAPN has addressed a letter to the members of the European Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs Committee, ahead of the vote on the Agea report on the Guidelines for Employment Policies in Member States, scheduled for Tuesday, June 16th.