EAPN Bulgaria has published the second version of the Structural Funds manual, from 2006, concerned with how NGOs may best influence the management of the Structural Funds so that they may be effectively directed toward the reduction and elimination of poverty and social exclusion in Europe.
Can activation schemes work for social inclusion? This is the question to which EAPN tries to answer in a recent position paper. According to the Network, the answer is ‘yes’ provided that these schemes aim to meet individual person’s needs, wishes and priorities.
The continuing scandal of widespread poverty in a rich society, such as the European Union where 68 million people live in poverty, is intolerable. The next round of National Action Plans for Inclusion must move Europe substantially towards the agreed EU goal ‘to make a decisive impact on the eradication of poverty by 2010’. As the participants to the Liverpool EAPN General Assembly repeated: we cannot wait any longer!
EAPN Position paper – Can activation schemes work for social inclusion? EAPN criteria for ‘good’ activation
Can activation schemes work for social inclusion? This is the question to which EAPN tries to answer in this position paper. According to the Network, the answer is ‘yes’ provided that these schemes aim to meet individual person’s needs, wishes and priorities.
Final declaration of the 2005 EAPN General Assembly: Delivering the Social Inclusion Agenda – From Promise to Reality
On 24-26 November 2005, EAPN held its sixteenth General Assembly in Liverpool, England. This General Assembly welcomed the Norwegian and Cypriot Networks into membership of EAPN. This year the key note theme was: “Delivering the Social Inclusion Agenda”. At the end of the General Assembly, the EAPN delegates adopted the following declaration.
This issue of Network News deals with some of the most critical aspects of the debates about current economic global forces and their impact on Social Europe.
EAPN has sent a letter to the EU Heads of State and Government and to Commission President Barroso, expressing its concerns that having announced an informal summit on the European Social Model, the focus on Social Europe is now getting lost. “If this is the case, this is likely to have the impact of further alienating people concerned about Social Europe from the European Project”, states Fintan Farrell, Director of EAPN.
The need for a minimum income is real. Most EU Member States provide for such schemes. The articles in this Network News issue will show where and why not all are reliable.
This report concerns the Implementation and update Reports prepared by Member States on the National Action Plans on Social Inclusion 2003-2005 (NAPs inclusion). It assesses the added value of these NAPs inclusion Reports.
On the occasion of the Fourth European Round Table on Social Inclusion to be held in Glasgow on 17-18 October, EAPN points out that the strongest welfare states in the EU are also the most competitive.