The emphasis of the Community Strategic Guidelines is strongly on the ‘jobs and growth’ agenda. The European Anti-Poverty Network has warned many times that growth alone will not solve the problems of poverty and social exclusion in Europe.
The outstanding innovation of the 4th Meeting is to have opened up the dialogue between the “ambassadors” of people experiencing poverty and “invited guests”, the key contacts at official and decision-making levels.
Poverty, loneliness and isolation may not be three sides of a triangle, but they are often parts of a vicious circle that leads to social exclusion.
This response is based on an extensive consultation with the members of EAPN. It reflects the experience of engaging with the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) at National as well as at the European level.
Press release: Response to the Strategic Guidelines on Cohesion Policy in support of growth and jobs
On the occasion of the informal meeting of the ministers responsible for regional policy to take place tomorrow, Friday 20 May, EAPN has issued a response to the Commission’s non-paper on the “Community Strategic Guidelines on Cohesion Policy in support of growth and jobs”, which is to be discussed at the informal ministerial.
The European Commission is currently preparing the ‘non-paper’ (working document) which will be the first document for discussion on the Strategic Guidelines for the Structural Funds for 2007-2013.
Press release: New Eurostat report confirms EAPN’s views: there are 14 million ‘working poor’ in the enlarged Union!
A new Eurostat report confirms EAPN’s point of view that holding a job is not always sufficient to escape poverty.
EAPN welcomes the initiative of the Commission to restart concrete attempts to develop an economic migration policy.
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.