The Commission sets out a framework for action: “to ensure social and territorial cohesion, such that the benefits of growth and jobs are widely shared across the European Union and people experiencing poverty and social exclusion are enabled to live in dignity and take an active part in society”.
“The poverty-reduction target and the actions proposed in the ‘Platform against Poverty’ should ensure that there is an important political legacy from the 2010 Year for combating poverty and social exclusion” said Ludo Horemans, President of EAPN. “However, given the reality of the austerity measures taken in most Member States, which impact on people living in poverty and exclusion the most, urgent actions will be needed if the good intentions and commitments in the Platform are to be convincing” added Mr Horemans. Read more…
On 15 December, EAPN addressed a letter to Catherine Day, the Secretary General of the European Commission, calling for action to reinforce stakeholder participation in the National Reform Programmes in the Europe 2020 strategy. In its letter, EAPN highlighted evidence from its national and EU members regarding obstacles to participation and made key recommendations to ensure that a better engagement is ensured in the development of the full NRP and in the follow-up process.