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EAPN’s annual policy conference 2016! Please register here

June 16, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm


From the Delors White Paper (1993) to the EU Pillar of Social Rights (2016), what future for the fight against poverty

EAPN’s response – building on 25 years combating poverty, inequality and exclusion

EAPN with hold its conference on Thursday 16 June 2016 to provide a concrete and timely input to the key European Commission consultation on a European Pillar of Social Rights. EAPN will provide its experience and insights into how such a Pillar could complement or build on the existing strategies such as: Europe 2020 and the European Semester and the Social OMC.

The potential of the Pillar of Social Rights will be reflected upon, and links to the future role of the EU in the fight against poverty and social exclusion will be explored.


On March 8 2016, the European Commission launched a public consultation on a European Pillar of Social Rights. This was announced by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in September 2015, and is part of a greater initiative to strengthen the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), and, implicitly, its social dimension, by ensuring upward social convergence between Member States.

The initiative is targeted at the Eurozone, aimed at strengthening the Economic and Monetary Union, but other Member States can join if they want to. The reasoning is the strong economic interdependence in the Euro area. The legal nature of the Pillar is to be defined, as it will involve a number of different tools of a diverse nature, according to the content, subsidiarity principle, and overall legal EU framework.

Commitments in the consultation on the Pillar of Social Rights, come under three headings:

  1. equal opportunities and access to the labour market: skills, active labour market policies, improving employability, supporting transitions;
  2. fair working conditions: achieving balance between flexibility and security, facilitate job creation, promote social dialogue;
  3. adequate and sustainable social protection and access to high-quality essential services: childcare, healthcare, long-term care, to ensure dignified living and enable professional and social participation

Participants: Around 70 EAPN members will participate from the national level, including people with direct experience of poverty, plus some European Organisation members of EAPN, and around 80 Brussels-based stakeholders.

Provisional Programme

The programme can be accessed here (PDF).

Key speakers

Allan Larsson, Special Adviser for the European Pillar of Social Rights

And speakers from the European Parliament, and other civil society actors and people with direct experience of poverty.

How to register

Register for the conference via this link by 10 June.

Key related documents


Contact the Acting Director Mr Fintan Farrell for information on the event’s programme and the issue: fintan.farrell@eapn.eu

Photo:  © Rebecca Lee, EAPN

This event is supported by the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation “EaSI” (2014-2020). The information contained does not necessarily reflect the position or opinion of the European Commission. For further information please consult: http://ec.europa.eu/social/easi.


June 16, 2016
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