Strengthening the social dimension in Lisbon

In 2007/8, the EU considered whether to revise the “Integrated macro, micro and employment guidelines” that underpin the Lisbon strategy and process. Despite EAPN and Social NGO lobbying, no changes were made in the Guidelines themselves, but some significant progress was made in the interpretative text in the Employment Guidelines section. This step forward reflected…

Ongoing call for the Social NGOS to be considered as stakeholders when Employment policies are discussed

EAPN has been constantly bringing our work and arguments to the attention of policy makers at EU and national level, asking that employment policy deliver for the most excluded, notably long term unemployed and undeclared workers, and demanding that our views are taken into consideration. In this perspective, EAPN has been doing a regular review…

Active Labour Market Policies: what is good activation likely to deliver social cohesion?

The development of ‘activation policies’ is a general trend in Europe, as a set of policies aiming at bringing people back to employment, either through financial incentives, or through compulsory activities. While repeating that employment is a way towards social inclusion, EAPN has already expressed its concerns regarding the way activation is sometimes implemented; which…

Promoting better social inclusion approaches and policies

Whilst supporting the development of multidimensional approaches, EAPN aims to promote mutual learning between national members and to develop proposals for better policy approaches and measures on specific policy areas through the Open Method of Coordination. This means participating actively in the Commission’s organised “Peer Reviews” but also promoting mutual exchange between members on key…