EAPN co-signs EPHA letter to European Council: EU leaders must focus on sustainable, equitable Europe that fosters, and is sustained by, a healthy population

Ahead of the European Council and right after the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council, please find attached an Open Letter to Heads of States that nine leading Members of the European Parliament and 65 leading trade unions, civil society organisations, health organisations and industry associations have signed up to, calling on Heads of States and governments to stop cutting essential health and welfare systems.


Member States must support investment in a strong European Social Fund (ESF) if they are serious about Poverty Target

{jathumbnail}Brussels, 21 June 2012 – Today, 18 social NGOs have sent a joint letter to Prime Ministers ahead of their General Affairs Council meeting on 26th June, urging them to back the European Commission’s proposal on the Cohesion policy budget and on the European Social Fund (ESF) for social inclusion and fighting poverty.


EAPN urges EU leaders to stop their attack on Social Protection Systems

{jathumbnail}Brussels, 19 June 2012 – In advance of the Employment and Social Affairs Council (21-22 June), EAPN has written to Ministers of Social Affairs urging them to defend Social Protection and Social Welfare systems, which the austerity measures continue to undermine. Unless a new approach is found, the social, economic and health costs will be enormous and difficult to reverse.