EUROCITIES statement on Roma inclusion in cities

04/11/2015 – Equality and non-discrimination are two of the core values of the European Union. The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU prohibits any discrimination based on race, colour, ethnic or social origin and its chapters on freedoms and solidarity establish the right to education, preventive healthcare and medical treatment. The charter also guarantees respect for cultural, religious and linguistic diversity. Yet, despite the existence of a robust anti-discrimination and human rights framework coupled with an EU framework on Roma inclusion, Roma still face widespread discrimination across Europe. The Roma are Europe’s largest minority. They continue to experience racially motivated attacks and anti-Gypsyism.

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EC – DG IPOL | Study on ‘EU Social and Labour Rights and EU Internal Market Law’

06/11/2015 – Having developed incrementally, EU social and labour rights only in 2009 became legally binding through the Charter of Fundamental Rights for the European Union (CFREU). The study requested by EMPL Committee develops the concept of a constitutionally conditioned Internal Market as a way to overcome the perception that social and labour rights limit Internal Market law. On this basis, alternative responses to perceived tensions are proposed.

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2015 Mussel and steak bar

The Poverty Alliance (EAPN Scotland) | Edinburgh Restaurant Becomes First to Serve Up the Living Wage

06/11/2015 – The Mussel & Steak Bar based in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket has become Scotland’s first Living Wage accredited restaurant. The family run restaurant specializes in surf and turf, and currently employs 24 staff.  By becoming an accredited Living Wage employer, the Mussel & Steak Bar has committed to paying their staff £8.25 per hour – the new rate announced on Monday 2 November. 

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Eurochild working paper | Conditional cash transfers and their impact on children – ensuring adequate resources throughout the life cycle from a children’s perspective

Conditional cash transfers (CCTs) in general aim to exert an immediate effect on poverty by raising income, while at the same time contributing to a longer-term reduction of poverty by improving beneficiaries’ future potential to earn a living, in so doing contributing to a drop in demand for such benefits. Within the range of CCTs implemented to date, behaviour related to education, health and nutrition constitute frequent foci, with education and health the most common combination.

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2014 EU Alliance investing in Children

EAPN mobilises to get MEPs to sign Written Declaration on Investing in Children

EAPN members are contributing to the the EU Alliance’s efforts to gather signatures of the Written Declaration on Investing in Children from at least half of the Members of the European Parliament (i.e. 376 members) by the 7th December 2015 and to raise public awareness about the campaign. To name a few: in the context of the Cypriot Children’s Week 2015, EAPN Cyprus is organizing an event on 21st November (in co-organisation with the PCCPWC, Pancyprian Coordinating Committee for the Protection and Welfare of Children) when which 6 MEPs from Cyprus will be invited to sign the Declaration; EAPN Estonia, Germany, Portugal, Malta and Netherlands also sent requests for signatures to the MEPs of their countries and/or are raising the visibility of the campaign through their communication channels.  

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12thM 2013 PT delegation R Lee EAPN

#2015PEP – SOCIAL CONVERGENCE IN THE EU – A strategic dialogue meeting with People experiencing Poverty

The European Meeting of People experiencing Poverty takes place this year on 19-20 November 2015 in Brussels as a consultation with people experiencing poverty to gather their input on policies to foster social convergence in Europe and to strengthen the participation of people experiencing poverty in policies that affect them. Delegations of people experiencing poverty from 30 countries in Europe exchange with EU officials and other policy makers. It is expected that the outcomes of this Year’s meeting will feed into the Annual Convention on Poverty and Social Exclusion that is likely to take place early 2016.

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