Press release: EAPN calls on the Commission to ensure that social inclusion is given rightful place in the new Structural Funds round

At a crucial time when the European Commission has embarked on a process of scrutinising Member States’ National Strategic Reference Frameworks and Operational Programmes for 2007-2013, the European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN) calls on the Commission to live up to its responsibility and make sure this new round enables the EU to make a decisive impact on poverty and social exclusion.

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Press release: Cause for serious concern for the poorest in Europe: EAPN responds to the conclusions of the EPSCO Council

While welcoming the renewed commitment by EU Ministers of Employment and Social Affairs to make a decisive impact on social exclusion and poverty, EAPN is seriously concerned about the introduction of the confusing concept of “minimum resources” instead of the well understood concept of “minimum income” in the conclusions of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council which took place on 22 February 2007.

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Press release: EAPN calls on the Council to step up a gear in the fight against poverty

In a letter sent to EU Ministers of Employment and Social Affairs, the European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN) calls on the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council due to take place on 22 February, to give a real meaning to the 2006 Spring Council conclusions that “the Lisbon Strategy is at the service of social cohesion”.

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EAPN response to the Annual Progress Report and the Draft Joint Employment Report

In this paper EAPN provides a brief assessment of how far the new Annual Progress Report and the Draft Joint Employment Report have acted on its concerns. By doing a joint reading of these two reports EAPN wants also to check the consistency between the Employment focused orientations and the general Lisbon political framework they are embedded in.

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