In its analysis, EAPN judges the EU Constitutional Treaty in terms of whether it provides the legal and practical instruments, and shows the political intention, to eradicate poverty in the European Union and provide social rights and a voice to people experiencing poverty, social exclusion and discrimination.
Gender equality remains more hope than reality in many respects. Despite some big steps forward, stereotypes and prejudices are hard to shift!
EAPN report – Reinforcing the EU Inclusion Strategy: Report of the Social Inclusion Conference, Luxembourg
Reinforcing the EU Inclusion Strategy was the ambitious aim set out by EAPN in organising a conference on the occasion of the Luxembourg presidency of the EU.
EAPN welcomes the fact that the Lisbon Strategy remains focused on the three dimensions, economic, social and environmental, and that social cohesion remains part of the overall objective of this strategy… but expects concrete actions in the coming months.
EAPN response to the draft Joint Employment Report 2004-2005: Questions regarding the future of the European Employment Strategy
According to EAPN, the Draft Joint Employment Report 2004-2005 fails in some points to assess the effect of employment national policies on the interest of people experiencing poverty.
Press release: Spring European Council, 22-23 March 2005: Lisbon Strategy – Don’t set Social Cohesion aside!
EAPN urges EU Prime Ministers and Heads of State to confirm that Social Cohesion remains a priority objective of the Lisbon Strategy. To support this call, EAPN National Networks are organising activities and events on and around the 21st of March, proclaimed as a European Day of Action by EAPN.
Press release: 21 March: A Day of Action to defend the 68 million people who live in poverty in the EU
The European Commission has recommended that Social Cohesion be dropped as a priority objective for the EU. To convince the European Council of 22-23 March that this proposal is not the new start that the European Union needs, EAPN has proposed a “Day of Action – ‘Make or Break’ Social Europe" on 21 March.
Press release: EAPN response to the ‘renewed Lisbon Strategy’: The dropping of Social Cohesion is incomprehensible!
The Commission’s Communication to the European Spring Council has caused shock and dismay amongst social NGOs, including EAPN.
The Commission’s Communication to the European Spring Council has caused shock and dismay amongst social NGOs including EAPN.