EAPN Ireland: Irish Government can prove that we’re all “stronger in Europe by supporting European target to reduce poverty

On 26 March, the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) Ireland welcomed the decision by European Union Heads of State to make the reduction of Poverty one of the 5 key objectives and targets for the EU’s new Europe 2020 strategy for the next decade. However, EAPN Ireland has expressed considerable concern that a decision on the adoption of poverty targets and progress indicators has been deferred until June.

EAPN meets Mr Van Rompuy’s Cabinet

On 29 March, EAPN and BAPN – the Belgian Antipoverty Network, together with the Social Platform held an important meeting with President Van Rompuy’s Head of cabinet: Odile Renaud-Basso. The meeting focused on the follow up to the Spring Council and the need to get agreement from Member States in the June Council on the Commission’s proposals, particularly on setting a target to reduce poverty by 25% using the accepted relative poverty target.

National Networks lobbying on the Europe 2020 strategy

In this period EAPN National Networks have been busy lobbying their National Governments to support the poverty target in the Europe 2020 Strategy.  Most Networks have written to their Prime Ministers and have been in touch with officials in the relevant Ministries. EAPN Belgium had a series of meetings with Ministers and cabinets of Ministers and has a meeting with their Prime Minister in advance of the Spring Council.