European Commission publishes Winter Package with Country Reports

The European Commission Country Reports are published in a ‘Winter Package’. These reports are the key documents which form the basis of the Commission’s proposals for Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) in May. What does this package include? 27 Country Reports (for all Member States except Greece, which is subject to a stability support programme), including…


European Semester Alliance Letter on the Annual Growth Survey 2017

The European Semester Alliance, a broad coalition bringing together 18 major EU civil society organisations (CSOs) and trade unions, has written a joint letter to key EU Commissioners as a follow up to the Annual Growth Survey 2017 (AGS). In this letter civil society organisations welcome the progress the European Commission has made towards the Annual…


Inclusive Labour Markets – Building pathway approaches to quality employment | EAPN Position Paper

EAPN presents its position paper on Inclusive Labour Markets. It sets out our understanding of inclusive labour markets, detailing the elements needed to make them a reality for both the supply and the demand side, and puts forward the perspective of our members, including people experiencing poverty and social exclusion in Europe and the civil…


SDG Watch Europe’s Position Paper on how to set up a new EU Platform & contribute to the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development

The EC Communication entitled “Next steps for a sustainable European future – European action for sustainability” published in November 2016 states that the Commission intends to establish a new EU Multi- Stakeholder Platform as part of its overall implementation of the 2030 Agenda. It states that in order to “create a dynamic space bringing together…


The time for timidity is over – the EU needs an ambitious European Pillar of Social Rights | Letter to President Juncker

EAPN has written today to the President of the European Commission to stress the urgency for an ambitious EU proposal on the upcoming European Pillar of Social Rights. This should not just repackage existing initiatives with only benchmarking on common principles, but must set out an ambitious EU roadmap towards guaranteeing essential social standards, which…