Member States put social cohesion and the future of the EU at risk
18-19/10, Nicosia – EAPN Estonia, Cyprus and EAPN secretariat participated in this important high level conference organized by the Cypriot Presidency aiming to send strong messages to the Commission and Council on the need to strongly back a Commission Recommendation on tackling Child Poverty and promoting well-being due in early 2013, as part of the Social Investment Package. Apart from the plenary sessions involving the Ministry, Commission and the Cypriot Children’s Parliament, a panel debate involving ministries approach to austerity was held, then 3 parallel workshop sessions on the 3 pillars of the upcoming Recommendation:
15-16/10 – This joint Trade Union conference provided evidence and debate on the crisis of the GDP-led growth model, and the role of public services in maximizing well-being and reducing inequalities.EAPN made interventions on the need to invest in adequate minimum income as well as public services, and the role of poverty as a key social determinant of health.
Brussels, 15 October 2012 – The award of the Nobel Prize to the European Union for its contribution to peace, reconciliation, democracy and human rights is, as President Barroso said, “a message of hope and confidence in the EU at a time when the EU faces a great challenge”. A great challenge indeed, as the EU’s response to the crisis attests to a three-fold failure: EU leaders have failed to deliver on its promises on poverty reduction, have in fact generated more poverty by ‘austerity-only’ driven policies, and neglected democratic fundamental principles. In its letter sent today to EU Prime Ministers and Heads of State ahead of the Council Meeting on 18 and 19 October, where they will discuss next steps on the future of the Economic and Monetary Union, EAPN urges EU Leaders to demonstrate their commitment to a Social Union and to the safeguarding of democracy.
On 16 October, EAPN sent another letter to the Presidents of the EU, urging them to create a special fund to support organisations fighting poverty, exclusion and inequality.
As many of you know for the last year leaders of the Ekta Parishad (Indian Gandhian Movement working with landless people), with support from many other Indian and International NGOs, have been making State marches to document the reality for landless people in India and to press for political reform based on land rights.
EAPN, together with ATD Fourth World, Caritas Europa, COFACE, Eurochild, Eurodiaconia, European Social Network and PICUM have joined together to highlight their support to the EPSCO Council Conclusions on child poverty and well-being (October 4th) and to press for an explicit commitment from the future Commission Recommendation that it focuses on child well-being as well…
C’est ça l’Europe?! (Is that Europe ?!), a TV show co-produced by RTBF (Belgian French-speaking main TV and radio channel) and TV5World, features EAPN as a non-governmental organization aiming, along with its members, to take part in shaping European and national politics; a totally different type of “lobbying”, far away from industrial lobbies. Sergio Aires, President of EAPN and Geneviève, a person experiencing poverty active in the Belgian Anti-Poverty Network (BAPN) addresses directly Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament.
Brussels, 02 October 2012 – Over 200 stakeholders debated with EU decision-makers at EAPN’s policy conference last Friday 28 Sept: Is Europe 2020 delivering on poverty? on the EU’s role and achievement in reducing poverty, on the consequences of austerity policies and on the malfunctioning of stakeholder participation in decision-making.
EAPN Portugal: a full agenda of activities from 10 to 27 Oct! and the IVth Meeting of People experiencing poverty on employability this year EAPN Spain and the Alliance against Poverty: Cuts generate poverty – Stand against it! EAPN Luxembourg: a large event on 17 October, Fighting the violence and poverty and committing for peace BAPN…