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Mag 2/2012 – POVERTY REDUCTION: WILL MEMBER STATES BREAK THEIR PROMISES? The contribution of Structural Funds to Poverty Reduction

This issue of the EAPN Mag on the future of the EU Structural Funds tells the story of how the Member States are ready to break the promise they made when the agreed the EU Poverty Reduction Target. One of the key fruits of this agreed target has been the proposal from the Commission to ring-fence 25% of the next round of Structural Funds for the European Social Fund (ESF) and to ring-fence 20% of the ESF to fight poverty and social exclusion. 

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Landless Indian Movement leader Rajagopal in Brussels

03/12 – About 200 people attended the meeting with Rajagopal, a leader of the Ekta Parishad Landless People’s Movement, who had an exchange with the audience to tell about the “March of the Landless” for a land reform in India which ended in early October, as a 10-point agreement was signed with the representatives of the Indian Government. A representative of FIAN, an NGO fighting hunger with Human Rights , also spoke. This meeting was supported by EAPN, amongst other organisations.

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EAPN speaks in EPHA event: Child Poverty, Health and Well-being

04/12 – EAPN spoke in a civil society panel in this key event organized by the European Public Health Alliance in the European Parliament. The event aimed to help the implementation of the up-coming Recommendation on Child Poverty – moving from rhetoric to action. A key message was that the relationship between child poverty, health and well-being needs to be reinforced, particularly the need to invest in prevention of child poverty through universal services, and social protection, as well as targeted action to ensure access to health services.  EAPN provide specific input on the challenges/solutions to implementation through Europe 2020, based on its engagement in the NRPs and NSRs.

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EAPN Participates in DG Employment’s Conference on Social Innovation and Social Policy Experimentation

26/11, Brussels – This conference aimed to provide an exchange between policy makers and practitioners on how to best shape EU support to social innovation in the context of the Social Investment Package for Growth and Cohesion. It raised a debate on what is social innovation, how far it is an agenda for promoting better social policy and practice, particularly drawing on grass-roots practice and actors, or merely an instrument to privatize social services, at a time of austerity.

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