In its response to the Commission Communication on Flexicurity released late June, the European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN) suggests ways to ensure that the security dimension of Flexicurity is more developed. EAPN calls on Member States to give the objective of social inclusion a higher priority in the Flexicurity debate.
Press release: Informal EPSCO Council – EAPN calls on EU Social Ministers to strengthen the social dimension of the Lisbon strategy
Ahead of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council due to take place in Portugal on 5-7 July, the European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN) calls on EU Social Affairs Ministers to strengthen the social dimension of the Lisbon strategy.
The European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN) has mixed feelings about the agreement reached on 23 June by the European Council on the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) mandate which will provide the basis and framework for the drawing up of the new “Reform Treaty”. While welcoming the balancing between social and free market objectives and other positive elements concerning Social Europe, EAPN calls on the EU political leaders to secure social policy’s rightful place at the top of the EU agenda in the upcoming IGC negotiations.
The European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN) welcomes the initiative taken by the Collective SSIG FR in organizing the seminar held yesterday in Brussels (5th June) to discuss ways of moving forward in the debate on Social and Health Services of General Interest. This conference was a welcome next step, following on from the Commission’s Seminar on the 4th June which presented the findings of the consultation on Social and Health Services of General Interest and the related Study.
Press release: EAPN calls on the Commission to ensure that social inclusion is given rightful place in the new Structural Funds round
At a crucial time when the European Commission has embarked on a process of scrutinising Member States’ National Strategic Reference Frameworks and Operational Programmes for 2007-2013, the European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN) calls on the Commission to live up to its responsibility and make sure this new round enables the EU to make a decisive impact on poverty and social exclusion.
The European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN) welcomes the European Council’s commitment to improve social cohesion and social inclusion and to give more attention to the fight against poverty and active inclusion. It is now time for the EU to turn these commitments into deeds!
Press release: Cause for serious concern for the poorest in Europe: EAPN responds to the conclusions of the EPSCO Council
While welcoming the renewed commitment by EU Ministers of Employment and Social Affairs to make a decisive impact on social exclusion and poverty, EAPN is seriously concerned about the introduction of the confusing concept of “minimum resources” instead of the well understood concept of “minimum income” in the conclusions of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council which took place on 22 February 2007.
In a letter sent to EU Ministers of Employment and Social Affairs, the European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN) calls on the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council due to take place on 22 February, to give a real meaning to the 2006 Spring Council conclusions that “the Lisbon Strategy is at the service of social cohesion”.
On the eve of the EU’s Employment Committee meeting due to prepare input to the EU Spring Council, the European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN) urges Member States to put poverty and social exclusion back at the heart of the Lisbon Strategy.
Press release: EAPN deeply concerned at the disappearance of a clear focus on the eradication of poverty in the EU
On 14 December 2006, at a meeting between social NGOs, Commission officials and the EU Social Protection Committee, the European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN) expressed its deep concern at the disappearance of a clear focus on the eradication of poverty as an objective of the revised Lisbon Strategy.