On 20 March, EAPN published a press release following the Conclusions from the Spring Council (19/20 March). For EAPN, these conclusions represent a disappointing narrowing of the focus of the EU economic recovery packages – prioritising financial regulation, employment and new investment rather than an integrated strategy to tackle the social impact of the crisis. The proposals on social impact primarily focus on employment, with only a passing reference to the “stabilising role of social protection systems” and the need to pay attention to the “most vulnerable and new risks of exclusion“. But what about the impact on the 79 million people that are already at risk of poverty and exclusion? Read full press release and Spring Summit Conclusions.