Four key issues emerged from the discussions at the seminar as crucial in developing effective minimum income schemes. These are: defining adequacy and regular uprating of payments, ensuring coverage, addressing non-take-up and integrating minimum income into an active inclusion approach. Building consensus to make progress on these four areas is crucial to the work of the EMIN project.
17/02/2014 – Today, our European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “Water is a human right!” will be the subject of a public hearing in the European Parliament. The same day we will meet with the European Commission. In line with the regulation on ECIs we will be given the opportunity to explain our demands in both sessions. The meeting with the Commission is a closed session but the hearing in the European Parliament (EP) is open to anyone who registers in advance.
08/02/2013 – EAPN attended the ESF launch conference organised in Brussels by DG Employment on 6-7 February. This Conference was organized to present the main novelties of the ESF Regulation and help Managing authorities and other stakeholders to finalize/contribute to the design of the Operational Programmes. EAPN attended 2 workshops on the partnership principle and on active inclusion.
14/02 – In many countries, demonstrations are protesting against the Hungarian law that came into effect on 15 October 2013, criminalising homeless people who “reside habitually in public premises”. t…
14/02 – In many countries, demonstrations are protesting against the Hungarian law that came into effect on 15 October 2013, criminalising homeless people who “reside habitually in public premises”. t is also the case today, in Brussels, at 11am, in front of the Hungarian Embassy. This law entails that homeless people in most of the districts in Budapest and in the adjoining communes are at risk of being fined, forced to do community-service or put into jail only for staying on the streets and squares of the city. EAPN supports these demonstrations and the Steering Committee of the Hungarian Anti- Poverty Networkhas also put forward a statement, calling on the Hungarian Government to withdraw this law.
17/02 – Today, EAPN opens its blog dedicated to its campaign on the 2014 European Elections, http://electingchampionsin2014.net/. EAPN’s campaign Electing Champions for a social Europe will be launched on 04 March in the European Social Platform’s premises with a breakfast press briefing, gathering MEPs, journalists and EAPN members (national networks and European Organisations). EAPN will present its 2014 Elections manifesto, campaign objectives and activities as well as the pledge MEPs will be asked to make in fighting poverty, social exclusion and inequalities. This launch will also be a key opportunity for civil-society organisations to exchange with MEPs on their views and commitments.
EAPN speaks in EP Event: Working Towards a more Inclusive and balanced European Semester: a model for trade union and civil society involvement
29/01 – The breakfast seminar, organized by Green MEPs: Marije Cornelissen and Jean Lambert, with Eurodiachonia and CESI (independent trade unions), argued for a more democratic and participative governance in the European Semester, wanting progress on Guidelines for involving social partners and civil society in structured dialogue in the Semester.
30/01/2014 – Due to drastic cuts in EAPN funding by the European Commission, EAPN announces with great regret that they will no longer be able to translate their publications and website in French.
03/02/2014 – Quality of work and employment are the cornerstone of dignified lives, free of poverty, and of cohesive, inclusive societies! EAPN releases its Explainer on Employment and Quality Work…
03/02/2014 – Quality of work and employment are the cornerstone of dignified lives, free of poverty, and of cohesive, inclusive societies! Employment is a concept that holds a double value in our societies. On the one hand, it is an economic resource, providing the economy with a capable and sustainable workforce and, on the other hand, it is a vehicle for inclusion and integration, for breaking isolation and fulfilling people’s need to contribute and be relevant in the world. EAPN’s new Explainer on Quality of Work and Employment in the EU focuses mainly on this second dimension, and how employment can best respond to this human and social right to dignified lives, free of poverty and exclusion.