Building upon the strengthened partnership principle

For the first time, Article 11 of the Structural Funds regulation explicitly recognizes the principle of partnership with civil society organisations, which “shall cover the preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of operational programmes”. Implementing partnership across the whole Structural Funds process is an obligation upon Member States, but the quality partnership takes various faces across…

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Stronger spending on social inclusion measures

In line with the renewed Lisbon Agenda, the emphasis on jobs, competitiveness and growth might hinder a rather holistic approach to socio-economic development. EAPN believes structural funds should be instrumental in meeting the EU’s social inclusion objectives, which implies strengthened focus on the following measures: measures efficiently tackling in work poverty “positive” activation measures measures…

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Ongoing call for the Social NGOS to be considered as stakeholders when Employment policies are discussed

EAPN has been constantly bringing our work and arguments to the attention of policy makers at EU and national level, asking that employment policy deliver for the most excluded, notably long term unemployed and undeclared workers, and demanding that our views are taken into consideration. In this perspective, EAPN has been doing a regular review…

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Active Labour Market Policies: what is good activation likely to deliver social cohesion?

The development of ‘activation policies’ is a general trend in Europe, as a set of policies aiming at bringing people back to employment, either through financial incentives, or through compulsory activities. While repeating that employment is a way towards social inclusion, EAPN has already expressed its concerns regarding the way activation is sometimes implemented; which…

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