Peer Review in Belgium: The Belgian Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion EU 2020

15/01/2014 – Paul Ginnell, from EAPN Ireland and co-chair of the European Inclusion Strategies Group of EAPN, represented EAPN at the EU Peer Review of the Belgian Platform Against Poverty and Social Exclusion EU2020 which took place on 14-15 January. He also drafted EAPN’s Comments Paper on the Peer Review, with the support of Elke Vandermeerschen, from BAPN (EAPN Belgium) and Sian Jones, Policy Coordinator for EAPN Europe. At the Peer Review, EAPN was represented by Paul Ginnell and BAPN by Anatole Kontsybovslyï, Crina Costache, Dabiel Ausloos, Daniël Meuleman, Elke Vandermeerschen, Ludo Horemans and Stephan Backes.

Macedonian Anti-Poverty Platform (MAPP) holds Meeting of People experiencing poverty

24/12/2013 – As part of the joint initiative Decent Minimum Income with other stakeholders, the MAPP held its 3rd Meeting of People experiencing poverty and social exclusion under the tile of “Dignified life for all citizens” in Hotel Porta, in Skopje. The main goals of the meeting were to ensure democratic debate amongst all concerned parties and active involvement in decision making for people living in poverty and social exclusion.

Macedonian Anti-Poverty Platform (MAPP) holds Meeting of People experiencing poverty

24/12/2013 – As part of the joint initiative Decent Minimum Income with other stakeholders, the MAPP held its 3rd Meeting of People experiencing poverty and social exclusion under the tile of “Dignified life for all citizens” in Hotel Porta, in Skopje. The main goals of the meeting were to ensure democratic debate amongst all concerned parties and…

Economic progress needs social progress!

Prime Ministers must back new social scoreboard and press for equal focus on social objectives in the EU’s economic policy coordination

Brussels, 16 December 2013 – The European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN), comprising thousands of organizations working in all Member States of the EU to eradicate poverty, is urging European Heads of state to take advantage of the new social scoreboard to identify negative macroeconomic policies which are generating increased poverty and inequality, ahead of their meeting on 19-20 December. In a letter to the General Affairs Council and the European Council, EAPN recalls there will be no economic without social progress and active participation of civil society.

President of EAPN meets President Van Rompuy at Annual Convention on Poverty and social exclusion

27/11/2013 – Sérgio Aires thanked President van Rompuy for making time available for the meeting, which involved 4 other members of EAPN. He introduced EAPN as a European-wide coalition of NGOs, founded in 1989 with the support of the Commission, and with the major objective to contribute to the fight against poverty. The EC and the EU recognized that good governance included the participation of civil society; it was recognized that without that fundamental participation it would be very difficult to implement the European Project. He added that with the creation of EAPN in 1989, there was recognition that EAPN was a major network.

EAPN President Sérgio Aires meeting with European Commission President José Manuel Barroso

27/11/2013 – On the occasion of the European Convention against Poverty, EAPN President Sérgio Aires met with President Barroso.  Sérgio underlined the need for an integrated European Anti-Poverty Strategy stating that if finances and economy are EU businesses, poverty was also one – particularly when current economic choices contributed to it.  He also proposed to launch a process, both at European and national level assuring an enlarged participation of stakeholders, particularly those facing themselves poverty and social exclusion, to develop such a EU integrated strategy to fight poverty. This, he said, would be the positive sign of political commitment we would like to see.  President Barroso, whose speech at the Convention acknowledged the fact that the poverty target was way out of reach, responded outlining the structural and political difficulties to require member states to deliver on social targets. 

Structural Funds 2014-2020: What room for social inclusion and the involvement of NGOs?

16/12/2013 – This report assesses how the Partnership Principle is applied in the Partnership Agreements and Operational Programmes, ie how social NGOs have been actively involved in their drafting of these programming documents, which are key tools for implementing the new Structural Funds (2014-2020). It also evaluates how social inclusion and the poverty-reduction target is…

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Structural Funds 2014-2020: What room for social inclusion and the involvement of NGOs?

16/12/2013 – This report assesses how the Partnership Principle is applied in the Partnership Agreements and Operational Programmes, ie how social NGOs have been actively involved in their drafting of these programming documents, which are key tools for implementing the new Structural Funds (2014-2020).

It also evaluates how social inclusion and the poverty-reduction target is effectively made a priority in these processes by the managing authorities at national and regional levels.

Turn the Tide on Rising Poverty

Social Ministers must press for a genuine social and democratic Semester in 2014 to back a credible EU

Brussels, 09 December 2013 – The European Anti-poverty Network (EAPN), comprising thousands of organizations working in all Member States of the EU to eradicate poverty, expressed their disappointment with the Commission’s Annual Growth Survey package (AGS) in the context of spiraling poverty rates. EAPN’s letter addressed to Social Ministers prior to the EPSCO Council on 9-10 December called on social ministers to press for concrete changes to ensure a more social and participative/democratic Semester in 2014, if credibility in EU is to be restored in this crucial pre-election period.