While Governments are preparing for the G20 Summit in London on 2 April, Civil Society Organisations are preparing their mobilization to demand for an economy based on the fair distribution of wealth, decent jobs for all and a low carbon future.
EAPN’s comment on the New Commission Communication for the Spring Council: “Driving European Recovery”
On the 4th March, the Commission published its updated proposals on the Economic Recovery Package, replacing the usual Lisbon report to the Spring Council. The new Communication is the next step in the Commission’s approach to the Crisis and builds on the November Communication.
EAPN recently responded to the European Commission’s Green Paper on territorial cohesion,arguing that a sound development of territorial cohesion must go hand in hand with a better, stronger acknowledgement of social inequalities, as both tend to be mutually reinforcing.
EAPN Austria: President of the Republic Heinz Fischer attending EAPN Austria’s Meeting of People experiencing Poverty
The President of the Republic of Austria, Dr. Heinz Fischer, attended the 4th Austrian meeting of self-organisations of people experiencing poverty in Vienna, from 6 to 8 March.
On 18 February, EAPN jointly organized a workshop on how to strengthen the Social OMC, with FEANTSA, Eurochild and Age, under the auspices of the Social Platform. The aim of the workshop was to raise-awareness amongst social platform members of the strengths and weaknesses of the Social OMC, and to develop a common position and…
After two-and-a-half years as EAPN’s Information Officer, Audrey Gueudet has left to take a position in DG Development. In her time at EAPN, Audrey contributed to increasing EAPN’s visibility through the revised website and stronger contacts with the media. We wish Audrey good luck in her new role and at the same time we welcome…
EAPN Ireland calls on the Irish government not to attempt to achieve public savings at the expense of the weakest sections of society
When less is not enough – safeguard social welfare, maintain minimum wage! As the world marks UN World Day for Social Justice 20TH February, EAPN Ireland calls on the Irish government not to attempt to achieve public savings at the expense of the weakest sections of society.
EAPN Italy supports the petition against new legislation denying the right to health for illegal immigrants
Health does not have a passport! Doctors will be able to report illegal immigrants to the Italian government, under legislation recently approved by the Senate or upper house of parliament.
EAPN welcomes the sense of urgency and the call for an adequate social response to the economic crisis but regrets the absence of a key message about how to make progress on poverty and social exclusion and to deliver on the overarching objectives of the OMC.
The European Commission organised in Brussels on 24 February a major conference on Social Fairness in Sustainable Development for a Green and Social Europe. The conference gathered policy makers, researchers, representatives of international organisations, social partners and civil society organisations to explore whether and how sustainable development and social cohesion can be achieved simultaneously.