14/01/2016 – Migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos warned MEPs the refugee crisis was “getting worse” during a meeting organised by the civil liberties committee on 14 January. He said the EU’s unity was at stake amid an increase of “populism and nationalism”. The commissioner also called on member states to deliver on their own promises and…Details
19/01/2016 – If the European Commission decides that an EU member state should recover money from a company due to infringements of tax-related state aid rules, this money should be returned not to the same member state, but to member states that have suffered an erosion of their tax bases or to the EU budget,…Details
20/01/2016 – MEPs debated the priorities of the Dutch Council Presidency with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The presidency’s main objectives are focussing on essentials and growth while connecting with civil society. In December, ahead of the Dutch presidency, Dutch MEPs were asked across the political spectrum about their expectations.
12/01/2016 – During 2015, 216 people were evicted by force weekly in France. In total 11.128 people have been subjected to forced evictions in France in 111 living areas. More than the half of those living in slums have been forcibly evicted by the authorities during 2015 and in five of the cases people left…Details
In this issue of the DUWC’s Winter Solidarity Bulletin 2016, starts by the true story of a man who has had a nil income for weeks has been called in to the Job Centre for an appointment to discuss money management. The newsletter also includes the video of A flashmob against Sports Direct’s employment policies struck…Details
14/01/2016 – EAPN responded to DG Energy’s Vulnerable consumer’s group questionnaire on Energy Poverty building on the contributions from EAPN members who are part of the EAPN Energy Poverty cluster. The questionnaire focuses on three key energy poverty related issues: The concept of energy poverty, Indicators to measure energy povertyand Measures to tackle energy poverty.…Details
On 8th January 2016, the EU Semester Alliance held a 2nd stakeholder dialogue meeting with key representatives from the EU institutions: Roy Dickinson, Adviser to the Director on Policy, strategy and co-ordination, DG Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN, European Commission). The exchange with ECFIN focussed on 3 key issues: What could be done by…Details
Whether you are a member, ally or new to this struggle for access to justice, the NGO Coalition for the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (OP-ICESCR) invites you to engage in the global campaign: Justice Now! Ratify to Protect all Human Rights.
EAPN member FEANTSA, the Belgian Federal Public Planning Service for Social Integration, and Housing First Belgium will hold a 3-day conference Winning the Fight Against Homelessness at the Palais d’Egmont on 9-11 June 2016 in Brussels, Belgium.
The Poverty Alliance (EAPN Scotland) | Congratulations to Scotland’s first accredited Living Wage hotel
08/01/2016 – Shetland’s Scalloway has become the first hotel in Scotland to become an accredited Living Wage employer. The hotel which is based 6 miles from Lerwick employs eighteen staff, all which received a pay increase as a result of becoming accredited.