Semester Alliance calls on EU to ‘bring back Europe 2020” in EESC conference on the 6 July

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.

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The Road Ahead for a Europe free of Poverty and Dignity for ALL #EAPN2015

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.

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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.

Human Right to Water and Sanitation must be in the Sustainable Development Goals!

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.

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.

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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 speaks at EP public hearing on “The Revision of the Europe 2020 Strategy”

15/06/2015 – Today, Barbara Helfferich, Vice-President of the Social Platform and EAPN Director will speak at the public hearing organised in the European Parliament on “The Revision of the Europe 2020 Strategy”. This public hearing is organised on 15 June as a follow-up to the European Parliament resolution of 25 November 2014 on the employment and social aspects of the Europe 2020 strategy which was prepared in the EMPL and should feed into the Commission’s public consultation on Europe 2020.