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.

EAPN holds a capacity-building training for its members

On 18-19 June, EAPN will hold a capacity-building training for its members to help them strengthen their knowledge and skills on how to engage in social-policy work both at EU and national levels. The regular trainings EAPN organizes are a key element contributing to the Network’s acknowledged ability to bring its different sources of expertise together in a bottom-up and participative approach.

EAPN expects concrete action from Commission’s orientation debate on social policy

 10/06/2015 – Commissioners yesterday discussed ‘Policy Orientations for a Social Europe’ in Strasbourg followed by a press conference with Commissioners Thyssen and Dombrovskis. EAPN welcomed the debate and did identify some positive elements, notably the the mention of ‘good jobs, i.e. quality jobs’, the importance of strong social protection and benchmarking minimum income – adequacy and coverage. 

EAPN participates in First Round of Social Cohesion Days

06/06/2015 – Barbara Helfferich director of EAPN attended the first round of SOCIAL COHESION DAYS organized by the Italian Foundation “EasyCare” from Reggio Emilia from 4-6 of June 2015. During a panel discussion with representatives of trade unions and social NGOs, Barbara presented the work of EAPN underlining in particular work done under the Minimum Income Project.  She also detailed the efforts of EAPN and its national networks to fight poverty in the context of the European Semester.

EAPN attends Vulnerable Consumers Working Group

03/06/2015 – EAPN participated in the European Commission’s Vulnerable Consumer’s group organized jointly by DG Energy and DG Justice. The group operated from 2012-13 and is now starting up again  looking at develop new guidance for the Energy Union and highlighting good practices in the field of energy poverty and vulnerable consumers. A key issue will be the issue of  price regulation and the overlap between policy solutions on poverty and energy poverty.

Council of Europe discusses minimum living income

01/06/2015 – The Council of Europe at a recent meeting in Chisinau, Moldova, discussed the need for a citizen income.  The debate supported the need for an adequate minimum living income as a means of protecting human dignity and autonomy. The Rapporteur for the report is Ms Nunzia CATALFO, from Italy. Fintan Farrell, Project Coordinator EMIN, presented the results of the EMIN project.

EAPN supports national pilot projects on Europe 2020 and the European Semester

In 2015, EAPN is supporting its National Networks in launching ‘Europe 2020’ national pilot projects aiming to raise awareness at national level amongst key stakeholders like decision makers, civil-society stakeholders on the Europe 2020 Strategy and European Semester process. They will also aim to build capacity and promote better participation of all stakeholders in policy- and decision-making processes. As this pilot initiative also fosters cooperation and mutual learning amongst the national networks and organisations involved, some of the 5 pilot actions will therefore be carried out by a lead organization or network together with another support organization or network.