Member States must support investment in a strong European Social Fund (ESF) if they are serious about Poverty Target

{jathumbnail}Brussels, 21 June 2012 – Today, 18 social NGOs have sent a joint letter to Prime Ministers ahead of their General Affairs Council meeting on 26th June, urging them to back the European Commission’s proposal on the Cohesion policy budget and on the European Social Fund (ESF) for social inclusion and fighting poverty.

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EAPN urges EU leaders to stop their attack on Social Protection Systems

{jathumbnail}Brussels, 19 June 2012 – In advance of the Employment and Social Affairs Council (21-22 June), EAPN has written to Ministers of Social Affairs urging them to defend Social Protection and Social Welfare systems, which the austerity measures continue to undermine. Unless a new approach is found, the social, economic and health costs will be enormous and difficult to reverse.