31/10: big mobilization against austerity measures The 3 Gs Seminar: Women and Poverty Citizenship and Active Participation First coordination meeting of the GRUNDTVIG Learning Partnership “Increasing Citizenship and Participation in Europe”
25/10 – EAPN presented the 2012 NRP Report and country-specific Recommendations to EPSU, European public services union, Economic Committee on the 25th October. The presentation formed part of a mutual exchange on EU and national engagement in Europe 2020, and explored the potential for increased collaboration between EPSU and EAPN members in the NRP/Economic semester process.
Brussels, 25 October 2012 – Eurodiaconia, Caritas Europa, Red Cross/EU Office, the European Anti-Poverty Network(EAPN), the European Federation of Food Banks and FEANTSA call on EU Member States to show commitment to the Europe 2020 Strategy and fully support the European Commission’s proposal of a Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived, issued yesterday.
Member States put social cohesion and the future of the EU at risk
EAPN speaks in Cyprus High Level Presidency Conference: Investing in Children: Preventing and tackling child poverty and social exclusion, promoting well-being
18-19/10, Nicosia – EAPN Estonia, Cyprus and EAPN secretariat participated in this important high level conference organized by the Cypriot Presidency aiming to send strong messages to the Commission and Council on the need to strongly back a Commission Recommendation on tackling Child Poverty and promoting well-being due in early 2013, as part of the Social Investment Package. Apart from the plenary sessions involving the Ministry, Commission and the Cypriot Children’s Parliament, a panel debate involving ministries approach to austerity was held, then 3 parallel workshop sessions on the 3 pillars of the upcoming Recommendation:
15-16/10 – This joint Trade Union conference provided evidence and debate on the crisis of the GDP-led growth model, and the role of public services in maximizing well-being and reducing inequalities.EAPN made interventions on the need to invest in adequate minimum income as well as public services, and the role of poverty as a key social determinant of health.
Brussels, 15 October 2012 – The award of the Nobel Prize to the European Union for its contribution to peace, reconciliation, democracy and human rights is, as President Barroso said, “a message of hope and confidence in the EU at a time when the EU faces a great challenge”. A great challenge indeed, as the EU’s response to the crisis attests to a three-fold failure: EU leaders have failed to deliver on its promises on poverty reduction, have in fact generated more poverty by ‘austerity-only’ driven policies, and neglected democratic fundamental principles. In its letter sent today to EU Prime Ministers and Heads of State ahead of the Council Meeting on 18 and 19 October, where they will discuss next steps on the future of the Economic and Monetary Union, EAPN urges EU Leaders to demonstrate their commitment to a Social Union and to the safeguarding of democracy.
On 16 October, EAPN sent another letter to the Presidents of the EU, urging them to create a special fund to support organisations fighting poverty, exclusion and inequality.
As many of you know for the last year leaders of the Ekta Parishad (Indian Gandhian Movement working with landless people), with support from many other Indian and International NGOs, have been making State marches to document the reality for landless people in India and to press for political reform based on land rights.
EAPN, together with ATD Fourth World, Caritas Europa, COFACE, Eurochild, Eurodiaconia, European Social Network and PICUM have joined together to highlight their support to the EPSCO Council Conclusions on child poverty and well-being (October 4th) and to press for an explicit commitment from the future Commission Recommendation that it focuses on child well-being as well…
C’est ça l’Europe?! (Is that Europe ?!), a TV show co-produced by RTBF (Belgian French-speaking main TV and radio channel) and TV5World, features EAPN as a non-governmental organization aiming, along with its members, to take part in shaping European and national politics; a totally different type of “lobbying”, far away from industrial lobbies. Sergio Aires, President of EAPN and Geneviève, a person experiencing poverty active in the Belgian Anti-Poverty Network (BAPN) addresses directly Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament.