EU 2020: Civil Society Organisations call for transparent and real participation in the European semester

{jathumbnail}At a Public Hearing today in the European Parliament, European Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have joined forces in an ad-hoc coalition to present country-specific recommendations for 2013 in the areas of employment, poverty, education, tax, environmental change and gender equality. Together, they call for a more balanced social, sustainable and equality-based Economic and Monetary Union, Europe 2020 Strategy and effective multi-stakeholder engagement in the whole European Semester process.

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EAPN’s MAG 1/2013 – The EAPN Fund – Providing hope for the future

EAPN dedicates its first 2013 Mag to the EAPN Fund, launched with the King Baudouin Foundation, as a legacy of the 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion. Key for raising funds has been the Row4Rights initiative, for which teams of rowers have gathered funds themselves and taken part in a tremendous sporting event. On the other hand, thanks to the EAPN Fund, EAPN Hungary has managed to complete the Adult Life Entry Network project and EAPN Netherlands has been able to start anew. The EAPN Fund also financed the study visit in India for two EAPN activists with direct experience of poverty, with the support of Dignity International and Ekta Parishad, a people’s movement which initiated the march of the landless in 2012. Part of EAPN’s Fund is also the EAPN Award, open to NGOs and public entities who have promoted transnational learning and participation of people experiencing poverty.

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