state of the union 2016

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…


Homeless in Europe magazine by member FEANTSA is out!

FEANTSA announces their Summer 2016 edition of the Homeless in Europe Magazine – “Perspectives on Women’s Homelessness”. With the European Parliament recently calling twice for “research into female homelessness and its causes and drivers,” women’s homelessness is an issue which is often ignored in both research and in policy. We hope the innovative approaches described…

SDG Goals

Over 230 members of civil society write to UN Council President with concrete suggestions on Sustainable Development

EAPN joins hundreds of Civil Society Organisations in writing to H.E. Oh Joon, President of the UN Economic & Social Council. The letter puts forward observations and recommendations based on the 2016 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Concrete suggestions on improving the 1) programme design, 2) modalities and 3) national review processes are made. Read…

17 October 2016 Day for eradication of poverty

17 October international day for the eradication of poverty | national activities

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has been observed every year since 1993, when the United Nations General Assembly, by resolution 47/196, designated this day to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries. Poverty eradication remains at the core of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the development of the new Sustainable…