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Ahead of the meeting of the College of Commissioners on 30 April dedicated to EU social policy agenda, EAPN sent EU Commissioners a letter on 25 April urging them to deliver a Social Policy Agenda that matches Europe’s social reality and the values and objectives of the EU Treaties.
The present discussion on a renewed social agenda for the EU offers the opportunity for a relaunch of a dynamic social Europe capable of responding to the social realities, such as the fact that 78 million people live in poverty in the EU, amongst whom 19 million are in employment.
According to EAPN, the proposed Social Agenda presented in the Commission’s communication in November 2007 represents an inadequate social vision and risks to be an example of bad governance. The commitment to solidarity as expressed in the Communication seems to be a token end-thought for the inevitable “losers’ in a competitive world rather than a vision to underpin the priority that the EU should give to protecting and developing the European Social Model/s.
EAPN also presents its vision for a renewed social policy agenda capable of delivering social progress drawing on many detailed proposals on how to strengthen the social dimension of the EU EAPN has made over the past years.