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How the European Commission can make a European Pillar of Social Rights fit for children

The EU Alliance for Investing in Children welcomes the European Commission’s proposal for a European Pillar of Social Rights, and its aspiration to achieve a “social triple-A rating” by re-balancing the EU’s existing prioritisation of financial and economic concerns with social issues. We recognise that this new social rights initiative has the potential to help…

No Sanctions, No Fines | Sanctions on Spain and Portugal will delay economic recovery, generate poverty and create more disaffection with the EU

Sanctions on Spain and Portugal will delay economic recovery, generate poverty and create more disaffection with the EU Brussels, 25 July 2016 – On 12 July 2016, the Council found that Portugal and Spain had not taken effective action in response to its recommendations on measures to correct their excessive deficits. It confirmed that the two countries will not…

EU-Canada trade deal to be applied before national parliaments can vote

Friends of the Earth Europe, European Public Services Union, European Anti-Poverty Network – Press release,Brussels, July 5th – the European Commission today proposed the provisional application of the free trade deal between the EU and Canada (the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement – CETA). That means the agreement would be applied before national parliaments have…

EAPN’s initial response to Country-Specific Recommendations | More CSRs on poverty but austerity still dominant

Brussels, 23 May 2016 – On 18 May, the European Commission published the 2016 Country-Specific Recommendations (CSRs) proposals. EAPN welcomes the increased number of CSRs with a focus on ‘poverty reduction and social inclusion’ from 6 (2015) to 11 Member States (BG, CZ, ES, HR, HU, IE, IT, LV, PT, RO, SK), underpinned by Commissioner…

EAPN’s initial response to Annual Growth Survey | More social investment but where are social rights and standards?

Brussels, 30 November 2015 – As the European Commission finally adopted the Annual Growth Survey package (AGS 2016) last Thursday, Commissioner Thyssen promised to put “social fairness at the heart of our economic recovery. Member States need to overcome bottlenecks to job creation, improve the way labour markets work and make sure everybody in Europe…

EAPN urges the EU to put people first or Europe will wither without strong social dimension | #2015EAPN Annual Conference

EAPN’s Annual Policy Conference, opened by President Martin Schulz and closed by Commissioner Marianne Thyssen, built on Assessment of the 2015 National Reform Programmes giving evidence that poverty and participation must be put at the heart of the European Semester Brussels, 12 October 2015 – Last Friday 09 October, the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) held…

EU Leaders Appear Blind to the Political, Economic and Humanitarian Crises: The Greek Vote is a Wake-Up Call!

EAPN’s 2015 Strategic Congress and General Assembly took firm stand against EU policies on social crisis, migration and Greece Brussels, 7 July 2015 – More than 150 delegates of the European Anti-Poverty Network, representing 31 National Networks and 18 European Organizations, took the opportunity of EAPN’s Strategic Congress and General Assembly to address a final…