Last Chance for Social Europe? EAPN Statement on European Pillar of Social Rights

On 8 March 2016, the European Commission launched a public consultation on their proposals for a European Pillar of Social Rights. Today (27 September), after consultation with its members, EAPN launches its position paper on the Social Pillar and its response to the Commission’s consultation. EAPN welcomed the proposal of a European Pillar of Social…


How the European Commission can make a European Pillar of Social Rights fit for children

The EU Alliance for Investing in Children welcomes the European Commission’s proposal for a European Pillar of Social Rights, and its aspiration to achieve a “social triple-A rating” by re-balancing the EU’s existing prioritisation of financial and economic concerns with social issues. We recognise that this new social rights initiative has the potential to help…

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State of the Union speech | A Europe that preserves our way of life

The State of the Union speech was made this morning by the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker. It will give important pointers for the priorities of the Commission so benefits from careful reading. There is one section about protecting the European way of life. One of the distinctive contributions of Europe is our…


Exchange of stakeholders’ views held on a European Pillar of Social Rights

1 September 2016, an exchange of views on a European Pillar of Social Rights was organised in the European Parliament. It was planned in the framework of the preparation of the draft European Parliament report. Diverse representatives participated: the European Commission, International Labour Organisation (ILO), European Trade Unions Confederation (ETUC), BusinessEurope, University of Amsterdam and SOLIDAR. Rapporteur…


EAPN joins 177 organisations in calling for a new Europe for people, planet & prosperity for all!

CONCORD Europe, WWF, ETUC and the European Youth Forum drafted a common statement on the future of Europe, supported by EAPN among 177 European and national Civil Society Organisations and Trade Unions. Europe is at a crossroads, and the future of European cooperation and the benefits it brings are at stake. This is about the future of our…


Right2Water campaign – Spanish city Valladolid takes public privatized water in public hands

Following elections in Spain, in which the return of water into public hands was a big theme, the authorities have followed up, cancelled the water concession and created a public company.  The reasons for remunicipalization are familiar: under-investment in infrastructure, high tariffs and lack of democratic control. People are disconnected when they have difficulty paying their…