EAPN’s contribution to EC Consultation on long-term unemployment

12/05/2015 – EAPN submitted today its contribution to the European Commission’s consultation regarding the provision of services to long-term unemployed in the Member States and at EU level. In its response, EAPN highlights that the long-term unemployed cannot be regarded as a homogenous group, and a one-size-fits-all approach will not yield the expected results.

EAPN expects concrete action from Commission’s orientation debate on social policy

 10/06/2015 – Commissioners yesterday discussed ‘Policy Orientations for a Social Europe’ in Strasbourg followed by a press conference with Commissioners Thyssen and Dombrovskis. EAPN welcomed the debate and did identify some positive elements, notably the the mention of ‘good jobs, i.e. quality jobs’, the importance of strong social protection and benchmarking minimum income – adequacy and coverage. 

EAPN participates in First Round of Social Cohesion Days

06/06/2015 – Barbara Helfferich director of EAPN attended the first round of SOCIAL COHESION DAYS organized by the Italian Foundation “EasyCare” from Reggio Emilia from 4-6 of June 2015. During a panel discussion with representatives of trade unions and social NGOs, Barbara presented the work of EAPN underlining in particular work done under the Minimum Income Project.  She also detailed the efforts of EAPN and its national networks to fight poverty in the context of the European Semester.

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EAPN releases its full assessment of the European Commission’s Country-Specific Recommendations 2015

10/06/2015 – On May 15 the Commission adopted their proposals for Country-Specific Recommendations (CSRs). EAPN responded with an immediate Press Release calling on Commission to issue poverty recommendations not only in 6 but in all Member States. This paper sets out the main messages and main recommendations from a more detailed assessment of the CSRs, as regards their delivery on the Europe 2020 Strategy targets on poverty reduction, employment and education. A detailed country by country analysis is annexed.

EAPN attends Vulnerable Consumers Working Group

03/06/2015 – EAPN participated in the European Commission’s Vulnerable Consumer’s group organized jointly by DG Energy and DG Justice. The group operated from 2012-13 and is now starting up again  looking at develop new guidance for the Energy Union and highlighting good practices in the field of energy poverty and vulnerable consumers. A key issue will be the issue of  price regulation and the overlap between policy solutions on poverty and energy poverty.

Council of Europe discusses minimum living income

01/06/2015 – The Council of Europe at a recent meeting in Chisinau, Moldova, discussed the need for a citizen income.  The debate supported the need for an adequate minimum living income as a means of protecting human dignity and autonomy. The Rapporteur for the report is Ms Nunzia CATALFO, from Italy. Fintan Farrell, Project Coordinator EMIN, presented the results of the EMIN project.