EAPN speaks in Roundtable Discussion launching new White Paper of the International Juvenile Justice Office

23/09 – EAPN spoke in the EESC in a roundtable panel part on: The impact of the economic crisis on employment, education, social exclusion and children´s rights”in the framework of the IJJO White Paper Launch : “Save money, protect society and realise youth potential – Improving youth justice practice in a time of economic crisis”.The IJJO report highlights the social impact of the crisis on young people, showing that the cuts have been made ‘where it hurts them most’ affecting household income, services and employment, which have repercussions in the rise of juvenile crime.

EAPN calls on President Barroso to restore credibility in European Semester by delivering on Europe 2020 goals and promises

04 October 2013 – The European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) sent an urgent letter to President of the European Commission Mr Barroso which concluded that the European Semester had failed to deliver on its promises on poverty reduction and stakeholders had not been able to engage and contribute to the Europe 2020 decision-making processes in any meaningful way. The letter also made reference to previous statements by President Barroso when he referred “the pressing need for effective policies” to address poverty, or called them an “economic necessity”.

Elect champions for a Social Europe and help fight poverty for a democratic EU

EAPN calls on 2014 European elections candidates to make the fight against poverty, social exclusion and inequality a priority for Europe

Brussels, 26 September 2013 – On 01 October, EAPN will be holding a debate with four major European political parties, highlighting both their commitments and civil society’s demands, regarding poverty and social exclusion. This event will be a first step before EAPN’s campaign on the European elections kicks off this coming November.


EAPN Assessment Critical of Europe 2020: Poverty and Inequality at an All Time high

25 September 2013, Brussels – Today, the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) releases its new assessment of the 2013 National Reform Programmes (NRPs). The report not only shows widening social imbalances, but also gives recommendations on how to tackle them. The report is based on a questionnaire assessment from 19 EAPN National and EU Networks. It gives evidence that the EU is falling short on its promises on Social Europe, particularly on poverty, which has risen by 4 million in the last year, when the EU poverty reduction target is to reduce poverty by 20 million by 2020. It also outlines the worsening of the social impact of the crisis exacerbated by austerity measures, with unemployment, poverty and inequalities reaching untenably high levels. The conclusions and recommendations will be discussed at EAPN’s annual Conference on 30 September.


EAPN publishes Widening the Gap – EAPN Assessment of the National Reform Programmes 2013

In 2013, EAPN members attempted to engage again in the NRPs, and proposed Alternative 2013 Country-Specific Recommendations based on its NRPs assessment. During this year EAPN looked for improvement – but what progress can we see? This report “Widening the Gap – EAPN Assessment of the National Reform Programmes 2013” sets out the EAPN 2013 assessment of progress on the poverty and other targets through the European Semester in the NRPs, as well as on participation of people experiencing poverty and their organisations.

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.