At the EPSCO meeting on the 8-9 December, the Social Ministers will discuss their first response to the 2017 Annual Growth Survey, in the context of the upcoming European Pillar of Social Rights. EAPN wrote a letter to the EPSCO Council to highlight our key concerns regarding this topic.
In this letter, EAPN calls on Social Ministers to send a message that social rights, standards and infrastructures are essential public goods and pre-requisites for sustainable development and more equal, socially cohesive societies. We call on Social Ministers to press for increased priority in the AGS to guaranteeing social rights, putting the fight against poverty back at the top of the agenda and supporting civil society engagement, both as dialogue partners in the European Semester and other EU policy processes. We call on Social Ministers to ensure better use of existing EU Financial Instruments and increased EU Funds to promote integrated actions to fight poverty.