The present document focuses specifically on the principals which EAPN affirm must guide the EU’s active inclusion approach, if it is to contribute to the delivery of the Common Objectives of the Open Method of Coordination in social protection and social inclusion 2006 and to support the overarching objective of social inclusion and the eradication of poverty.
In the annex a supporting document is provided which sets out EAPN’s current overarching concerns and essential political pre-requisites for ensuring the effectiveness of this approach, in the current political context.
For EAPN, The primary overarching principle must be the affirmation of an integrated approach, based on fundamental human rights. This must underline the right of all to a life free of poverty, to social inclusion and active participation as part of a cohesive society, based on solidarity.
The language and focus of the Active Inclusion principals need to stress specifically the rights to an:
- adequate income for a dignified life.
- affordable, quality services of general interest, including social services.
- a decent job and to participate fully in society
The strategy should demonstrate visibly and explicitly how these rights are to be activated and guaranteed by the EU and member states.