AGS 2014: Missed opportunity to restore EU credibility!

EAPN welcomes the new AGS 2014 priority on participation of national stakeholders, but deplores the failure to refocus on Europe 2020 and its targets and to propose a coherent strategy to tackle rising poverty

Brussels, 17 November 2013 –The European Anti-Poverty Network’s first reaction to the AGS, which the Commission adopted yesterday, is one of disappointment. EAPN criticizes the failure to re-focus the AGS on Europe 2020 and its targets (particularly the poverty and other social targets) and insists on the need for coherent integrated strategies, as called for in the EAPN letter to President Barroso on October 4th. The proposal to strengthen national stakeholder engagement in the Semester is however welcomed, but concerns raised about the overall aims.


Will MEPs give the ESF its full potential to reduce poverty?

Brussels, 18 November 2013 – Last week, EAPN and the 19 other NGOs running the campaign EU Money for Poverty Reduction NOW! sent an urgent letter to the President of the European Parliament and the Presidents of the European political groups, on the eve of the plenary vote on the EU Budget and the ESF Regulation 2014-2020. The Coalition sees this vote as a test of the European Parliament’s commitment to reducing poverty by supporting a strong European Social Fund of at least 25% of the Cohesion Budget to back the 20% earmarked for poverty reduction. This would make a real difference for the 120 million women and men currently facing poverty and social inclusion across the European Union and would help to increase people’s trust in the European Parliament in these times of crisis.

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 welcomes its new Director Barbara Helfferich

29 August 2013, Brussels – Barbara Helfferich was appointed earlier this month as the new Director of the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN), the largest European network of national, regional and local networks, involving anti-poverty NGOs and grass-root groups as well as European Organisations active in the fight against poverty, social exclusion and inequalities. Replacing Fintan Farrell,Barbara comes to EAPN with a wealth of experience in the field of social policy, notably on social exclusion and anti-discrimination.

Housing and shelter insufficient for undocumented migrants in Europe

BRUSSELS, 28 June, 2013 – On the occasion of its annual international conference in Brussels, the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) joined together with the European Federation of National Organisations working with the homeless (FEANTSA) and the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) to call on policymakers and local authorities in Europe to strengthen efforts to enforce the right to housing for undocumented migrants, despite economic constraints.

The European Council must launch a democratic debate to ensure an ambitious social dimension of the European Monetary Union (EMU)!

Brussels, 26 June 2013 – EAPN has written to the Prime Ministers prior to their meeting on the 27-28 June, where a discussion will take place on the next steps for President Van Rompuy’s proposals for a social dimension of the EMU. EAPN sets out concrete proposals and calls for a democratic debate to ensure that the social dimension is not reduced to an instrument of economic policy but contributes to a vision for an EU based on social rights and solidarity.


Poverty is not an accident but the result of political choices

Brussels, 21 June 2013 – The 12th European Meeting of People experiencing poverty was held from 18-20 June on the Esplanade of the European Parliament, with delegations from 26 European countries.

Mr Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament opened the Meeting: “I hope our MEPs show up and keep their promises. The promise of the EU was more social justice, more equality, more decent jobs. No surprise people doubt about democracy and justice in Europe. You are right, you must be loud, visible and audible. We are not ashamed of being poor, but of the existence of poverty“.