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Making Progress on Europe 2020: Investing in People for a Fairer EU | EAPN’s 2015 Assessment on Country-Specific Recommendations

17/04/2015 – EAPN presents its 2015 assessment of the 2014 Country-Specific Recommendations (CSRs) based on inputs from 24 national networks and European Organisations, and makes new proposals for 2015 CSRs. EAPN wants the European Semester to deliver results on the Europe 2020 goals of inclusive and sustainable growth and to deliver on its target to reduce poverty by at least 20 million by 2020. 

EP Committe on Employment and Social Affairs report on European Policies for Lifelong Guidance to fight Early School Leaving and Unemployment

3/03/2015- EP EMPL Committe new report on European Policies for Lifelong Guidance to Fight Early School Leaving and Unemployment. This new report provides an overview of career guidance in Member States supported by research evidence showing lifelong guidance provides with better employment outcomes. The research shows a lack of guidance provision in most EU Member…

Growndbreaking Finnish Strategy on Homelessnessegy Report

3/03/2015- The Finnish homlessness strategy. Last month of February, Finland released an international review of the Finnish strategy to tackle homelessness showscasing growndbreaking good practices. The review has been published by the Finnish Ministry of Environment. The Finnish homelessness strategy focuses on taking up the Housing First approach, providing people with housing and then accompagnied…

European Socioeconomic Governance in Action: Coordinating Social Policies in the third European Semester

23/02/2015- European Socioeconomic Governance in Action: Coordinating Social Policies in the third European Semester. OSE latest working paper, to which EAPN Europe has contributed, tackles recent governance changes and their possible effects by assessing the different coordination elements within socio-economic governance. It shows that economic and fiscal rules shall be more open to social goals.…

Socialising the European Semester? Economic Governance and Social Policy Coordination in Europe 2020

23/02/2015- Socialising the European Semester? Economic Governance and Social Policy Coordination in Europe 2020. This report, prepared for the Swedish Institute of European Studies, argues about a progressive socialisation of the European Semester since 2011. Both, Jonathan Zeitlin and Bart Vanhercke, consider this socialisation a result of European Commission’s reposnse to social disconent after austerity…

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EAPN’s Response to the Annual Growth Survey Package 2015

08/12/2014 – EAPN publishes its assessment of the 2015 Annual Growth Survey and and Draft Joint Employment Report “Fresh start or broken promises?” with a series of 6 key messages. EAPN’s assessment is sent today to the Ministers for Employment and Social Affairs ahead of their EPSCO meeting on 11 December, where they will discuss progress on the Europe 2020 Strategy and the Mid-Term Review.

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DELIVERING SOCIAL INCLUSION THROUGH STRUCTURAL FUNDS EAPN Structural Funds Good-Practice Handbook

02/02/2015 – Delivering Social Inclusion Through Structural Funds is EAPN’s latest handbook for NGOs on how to use Structurals Funds for social inclusion. Compiled by EAPN Members, it outlines EAPN’s guiding principles to assess a good practice of SF-funded projects on social inclusion and showcases examples of NGO-driven projects funded by Structural Funds under the previous funding round.

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Youth Poverty and Social Exclusion in Europe – Issues, causes, and what can be done at EU and national levels

01/10/2014 – The labour market situation of young people in Europe is one of today’s most debated topics, with unemployment rates reaching 23.4% in 2013, and over 55% in countries such as Greece or Spain. Yet, a less known number is even more staggering: 29.7% of Europe’s young men and women experienced poverty and social exclusion in 2012 (EU-28, Eurostat, 2012).

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The crucial Mid-Term Review of the Europe 2020 Strategy – see EAPN’s input

8/10/2014 – EAPN has invested a large amount of resources in trying to engage and monitor the delivery of the Europe 2020 Strategy with inputs to the National Reform Programmes and proposals for Country-specific Recommendations (see other publications in this section). In 2015, the EU Institutions, under the auspices of the new European Parliament and Commission will carry out a Mid-Term Review of the Strategy. This process was launched on the 5 March 2014 with the Commission’s Stock-Taking Communication assessment of the Europe 2020 strategy and followed on 5 May, with the launch of an on-line public consultation with a deadline of 31 October.

Our overwhelming concern is: Can the Europe 2020 Strategy be made fit for purpose enough to deliver its promises on poverty reduction?