Seminar hosted in the European Parliament: Can the Semester help build a better Social Europe?

The event Can the Semester help build a better Social Europe? is jointly hosted by the European Anti-Poverty Network with Sergio Gutiérrez Prieto (MEP, S&D). The seminar aims to review how well the European Semester and Europe 2020 is working in terms of its delivery on social rights, poverty and participation and to debate what changes…


Concrete actions to tackle poverty and rising inequality based on social rights are necessary to ensure AGS 2017 delivers on signs of hope | Letter to the EPSCO Council

At the EPSCO meeting on the 8-9 December, the Social Ministers will discuss their first response to the 2017 Annual Growth Survey, in the context of the upcoming European Pillar of Social Rights. EAPN wrote a letter to the EPSCO Council to highlight our key concerns regarding this topic. In this letter, EAPN calls on Social Ministers to…


Children cannot wait: 7 priority actions to protect all refugee and migrant children | Joint statement from 78 organisations

78 organisations active in the field of children’s rights strongly welcome that this year’s European Forum on the Rights of the Child focuses on protecting children in migration. Children represent a significant proportion of migrants and refugees. At least 1 in 3 people arriving to Greece by sea in 2016 were children. In the same year, the…


Civil society criticizes “Business As Usual” as Commission publishes its plans for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

SDG Watch Europe, a civil society alliance of more than 90 EU NGOs established to ensure the full implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the EU and its Member States, has criticised today’s publication of the EC Commission’s Communication entitled “Next steps for a sustainable European future – European action for sustainability.” “The…


Task Force on Advocating for a Human Rights approach to Migration, Refugees and Asylum seekers

This Task Force comes under both Objective 1.2 and Objective 2.2 of the EAPN Strategic Plan. Objective 1.1: EAPN will work to ensure that the Europe 2020 Strategy, the Platform against Poverty and the Social Inclusion strategy (Social OMC) deliver progress to effectively mainstream social concerns and to reduce poverty and inequality. Objective 1.2: EAPN…


Signs of change towards a Social Europe? | Annual Growth Survey 2017

Brussels, 18 November 2016. On 16 November, the European Commission adopted the Autumn Package presenting the Annual Growth Survey (AGS) 2017, with the Press Release title: ‘Working on a stronger and more inclusive economic recovery’. EAPN cautiously welcomes some messages and actions highlighted in the AGS 2017 and Autumn Package which highlight the intention to promote…