BAPN is campaigning with three manifestos for the federal (national) and European elections

On 25 May, Belgium will vote at European level but also at Belgian level (for the federal and regional Parliaments). Belgium and Europe need political decision makers who get formally committed for a more social Belgium and Europe, to stop impoverishing policies and take concrete and efficient actions to eradicate poverty in Belgium and Europe. The Belgian Anti-Poverty Network (BAPN) is campaigning with three manifestos for the federal (national) and European elections:

New EU Alliance calls for a Social and Sustainable Europe


Brussels, 07 April 2014 – The new EU Alliance for a democratic, social and sustainable European Semester, a broad coalition bringing together environmental, social and equality NGOs and trade unions, holds its launch in the EESC. Highlighting the failure of the Europe 2020 Strategy commitments and official targets in the social, environmental, employment and equality fields, the Alliance members come together to call for progress on the Europe 2020 Strategy’s commitments and for reviving the involvement of civil-society organisations and trade unions in the shaping of European policies.

REGISTER NOW!! EU Alliance for a more democratic, social and sustainable European Semester is launched at the EESC

This 07 April, the EU Alliance for a more democratic, social and sustainable European Semester kick starts in a hearing in the European Economic and Social Committee. The public hearing, Strengthening the legitimacy of the European Semester, will present the Semester Alliance, which gathers 16 European networks of civil-society organisations and trade unions, and their new report “Civil-Society Proposals for Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive growth“. This is a public hearing targeting EU decision makers and stakeholders, but open to everyone. REGISTER BY 1st APRIL!

EU leaders disregard need for action on social impact of the crisis

24/03/2014 – EAPN reacts to the General Affairs and Spring Councils Counclusions – Whereas EU leaders recognise the continuing importance of the Europe 2020 goals, including on inclusive growth, and the failure of the Targets, calling for the need to ‘step up efforts’, the Conclusions of the Spring Council do not even mention poverty, nor the social impact of the crisis, which is a key part of objective 4 of the AGS!

FNARS (member of EAPN France): What solutions for the homeless, bactk toe street from 31 March?

19/03/2014 – March 31st marks the end of the winter break, which means evictions suspended during winter will resume and emergency winter accomodation facilities closing down. While figures of the Barometer 115 for the month of February 2014 show an extreme saturation of the accommodation in the 37 departments studied with only 44% of accommodation requests that were responded to (55% in Paris), several hundreds of places will close down on March 31 without any solution for people. 

Inequality: Consequences for society, politics and people: 5-6 March 2014, European Parliament

05/06/03/2014 – EAPN participated in this important and well-attended conference, held in the European Parliament on the 5-6 March, organized by the Progressive Economy Forum and the Social and Democrats Alliance (S&D). The conference analysed the causes and the consequences of the crisis before looking at key priorities for action. Key speakers included Professor Joseph Stigliz, James K Galbraith, Martin Schulz, Jean-Paul Fitoussi, and Kate Pickett (co-author of the Spirit level), followed by detailed workshop discussions on recent academic papers and evening round table debates. Stigliz called inequality “the key problem of our time, which is growing across the globe, conditioned by a wrong economic model. But it´s not just about economics – policies count……how we responded to the crisis has made things worse. Economic inequality leads to political inequality, which leads to new rules of the game that produce more inequality…. The rules of the game in the end are about distribution and redistribution”.