Press release: European Summit: A Social Europe…but not quite yet!

The European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN) has mixed feelings about the agreement reached on 23 June by the European Council on the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) mandate which will provide the basis and framework for the drawing up of the new “Reform Treaty”. While welcoming the balancing between social and free market objectives and other positive elements concerning Social Europe, EAPN calls on the EU political leaders to secure social policy’s rightful place at the top of the EU agenda in the upcoming IGC negotiations.

Press release: Where to now on Social Services? Will the Commission take up the torch?

The European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN) welcomes the initiative taken by the Collective SSIG FR in organizing the seminar held yesterday in Brussels (5th June) to discuss ways of moving forward in the debate on Social and Health Services of General Interest. This conference was a welcome next step, following on from the Commission’s Seminar on the 4th June which presented the findings of the consultation on Social and Health Services of General Interest and the related Study.

Press release: EAPN calls on the Commission to ensure that social inclusion is given rightful place in the new Structural Funds round

At a crucial time when the European Commission has embarked on a process of scrutinising Member States’ National Strategic Reference Frameworks and Operational Programmes for 2007-2013, the European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN) calls on the Commission to live up to its responsibility and make sure this new round enables the EU to make a decisive impact on poverty and social exclusion.