EAPN intervenes in Caritas Europa Event – Growing Crisis in Europe – is the EU capable of an effective response?

On 21/02 – Caritas held a significant event in the EESC showcasing the main findings and recommendations of the Caritas Europa Shadow Report on Europe 2020 strategy and the Crisis Monitoring report in Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Spain and Greece. EAPN intervened in the panel chaired by Pierre Baussand, Director of Soial Platform on how the EU can stimulate inclusive growth the European Semester, together with Egbert Holthuis, European Commission, Veronica Lope Fontagné, EPP Rapporteur on the Opinion on the AGS 2013, and Robert Urbé, Policy Coordinator, Caritas Luxembourg. A debate was held at the end of the day on whether the EU is adopting an effective response to the crisis. 

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The Social Investment Package must defend social spending!

Brussels, 15 February 2013 – The European Commission will adopt the long-awaited Social Investment Package on the 20th February. For the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN), the package must provide a coherent strategy for fighting poverty, backed by EU funding, capable of achieving the poverty target. It is vital that the package includes concrete measures that defend and show the benefits of social spending and infrastructures.

EAPN participates in ESDE (Employment and Social Development Review) presentation

06/02 – This invitation-only event presented the 2nd edition of the Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) Review, which assessed the economic and social situation in the EU and impact of policy approaches. Following an introduction by KoosRichelle, Director of DG Employment, chapters on the dynamics of long-term unemployment, poverty and social exclusion were presented and debated, followed by panel debates from experts and key stakeholders.