EAPN Reaction to EU Budget Negotiations – Some light in the tunnel

Brussels, 27 November 2012 – EAPN welcomes President Barroso’s strong defense of the proposed EU Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived, but also warns the amount suggested will not cover the growing needs. On the cohesion funds and the future of the European Social Fund, the only Fund investing in people rather than in infrastructures, EAPN will continue to run its campaign EU Money for Poverty Reduction Now! calling on Member States to approve  the European Commission’s proposal, the only viable solution in that regard. EAPN also advocates for an end to the austerity approach, which has proven devastating and totally counterproductive.

We must safeguard democracy: EAPN conference gives clear message that the fight against poverty is part of a bigger fight to safeguard democracy

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. 

Member States must support investment in a strong European Social Fund (ESF) if they are serious about Poverty Target

{jathumbnail}Brussels, 21 June 2012 – Today, 18 social NGOs have sent a joint letter to Prime Ministers ahead of their General Affairs Council meeting on 26th June, urging them to back the European Commission’s proposal on the Cohesion policy budget and on the European Social Fund (ESF) for social inclusion and fighting poverty.

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EAPN urges EU leaders to stop their attack on Social Protection Systems

{jathumbnail}Brussels, 19 June 2012 – In advance of the Employment and Social Affairs Council (21-22 June), EAPN has written to Ministers of Social Affairs urging them to defend Social Protection and Social Welfare systems, which the austerity measures continue to undermine. Unless a new approach is found, the social, economic and health costs will be enormous and difficult to reverse.