Civil society criticizes “Business As Usual” as Commission publishes its plans for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

SDG Watch Europe, a civil society alliance of more than 90 EU NGOs established to ensure the full implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the EU and its Member States, has criticised today’s publication of the EC Commission’s Communication entitled “Next steps for a sustainable European future – European action for sustainability.” “The…

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The 15th EU Meeting of People Experiencing Poverty – Empowerment Through Participation!

The European Meeting of People Experiencing Poverty was organised by the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) with the support of the European Commission, the Slovakian presidency of the Council of the European Union, and the EAPN Fund. This year, the 15th edition was held on 15-16 November 2016. See the programme here. The meetings and process can be followed…

SAPN | Poverty and income inequality featured among the key topics at the Central European Interfaith Forum (CEIF 2016)

Poverty and income inequality featured among the key topics at the Central European Interfaith Forum (CEIF 2016), which hosted more than 150 participants representing 20 nations, 3 continents, 7 world religions as well as other religious, spiritual or humanist traditions. The gathering took place in Nitra, Slovakia, on 25 July 2016. The alarming trends of…

Feantsa | Housing Exclusion Passes Under the Radar at EPSCO Discussion on the European Semester

The Devil is in the Detail! On October 13, as part of the European Semester, the EPSCO (Employment, Social Policy, Health & Consumer Affairs Council) endorsed main messages on the EU’s social situation and priorities for social policy reform. Ministers also endorsed the Social Protection Committee’s report on key social challenges,2 based on its analysis…

SAPN | Public Hearing on Poverty

On 25 May 2016, the newly elected Members of Parliament who took their mandates in the March parliamentary elections were introduced to the activities of the Slovak Anti Poverty Network (SAPN). As one of the largest networks in Slovakia, the organization comprises 154 socially engaged non-governmental organizations representing more than 250,000 members. These organizations share…