EAPN attends EPC Briefing: Commissioner Andor presents his vision on the Social Dimension of the EMU

24/09 – Commissioner Andor presented his vision on the Social Dimension of the EMU to a well-attended EPC briefing, prior to the publication of the Commission Communication, due to be published on 3 October. Commissioner Andor talked of Europe facing an ‘existential crisis’, resulting from the insufficiencies of the economic framework of the EMU and the failure to take action on social imbalances. The ‘polarisation and widening gap’ between the north/centre and the peripheries in Europe, and regions were reaching a state of ‘social emergency’, as highlighted by President Barroso in his State of the Union Speech in September.

 

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EAPN Mag 2/2013: Welfare States and Democracy: from Reality to Utopia?

Safeguarding ‘well-being for all’: now or never

This new EAPN Mag discusses our welfare states, their future and the possible alternatives at our disposal, should there be political will to support them.Francine Mestrum, Coordinator of Global Social Justice, opens the discussion, on social protection as a common ideal. You then get an insight on the attack on the welfare state in 4 bail-out countries, namely Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Romania. France, the UK and Macedonia, as a candidate country to the EU, get also a particular focus. 3 other organisations, the European Public Services Union (EPSU), Caritas and the ILO, have also contributed to this Mag and share the conviction that Change is possible, should political leaders want it!

EAPN Spain: 2nd National Congress of people experiencing poverty in Valladolid

19-21/09 – EAPN Spain and EAPN Castilla y Leon organize the 2nd National Congress of people experiencing poverty in Valladolid, which is also the 9th meeting of People experiencing poverty organised at national level in Spain. Under the slogan “Citizenship Rights, from  information to participation”, the Congress gathers over 160 people from all over Spain will gather at this meeting in order to meet fundamental rights that are recognized as citizens of the European Union. It takes place in the framework of the 2013 European Year of Citizens 2013.

Commission lacks of a social vision

President Barroso gives State of the Union speech and Commission’s agenda – Priority is given to markets over investment in people

12/09/2013, Brussels – President Barroso made his State of the Union speech yesterday in the European Parliament, setting the tone of the European Commission’s priorities for the coming year.