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EAPN highlights major contradictions between commitments and policies on poverty

Brussels, 12/06/2015 – EAPN calls on the Ministers of Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs meeting next week to press for delivery on Commissioners Thyssen and Dombrovskis’ announced priorities for EU social policy, which seriously contradict the current approach within the European Semester.

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EAPN holds a capacity-building training for its members

On 18-19 June, EAPN will hold a capacity-building training for its members to help them strengthen their knowledge and skills on how to engage in social-policy work both at EU and national levels. The regular trainings EAPN organizes are a key element contributing to the Network’s acknowledged ability to bring its different sources of expertise together in a bottom-up and participative approach.

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EAPN’s contribution to EC Consultation on long-term unemployment

12/05/2015 – EAPN submitted today its contribution to the European Commission’s consultation regarding the provision of services to long-term unemployed in the Member States and at EU level. In its response, EAPN highlights that the long-term unemployed cannot be regarded as a homogenous group, and a one-size-fits-all approach will not yield the expected results.

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EAPN responds to the European Commission’s consultation on long-term unemployment

12/05/2015 – EAPN submitted today its contribution to the European Commission’s consultation regarding the provision of services to long-term unemployed in the Member States and at EU level. In its response, EAPN highlights that the long-term unemployed cannot be regarded as a homogenous group, and a one-size-fits-all approach will not yield the expected results.

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EAPN expects concrete action from Commission’s orientation debate on social policy

 10/06/2015 – Commissioners yesterday discussed ‘Policy Orientations for a Social Europe’ in Strasbourg followed by a press conference with Commissioners Thyssen and Dombrovskis. EAPN welcomed the debate and did identify some positive elements, notably the the mention of ‘good jobs, i.e. quality jobs’, the importance of strong social protection and benchmarking minimum income – adequacy and coverage. 

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EAPN participates in First Round of Social Cohesion Days

06/06/2015 – Barbara Helfferich director of EAPN attended the first round of SOCIAL COHESION DAYS organized by the Italian Foundation “EasyCare” from Reggio Emilia from 4-6 of June 2015. During a panel discussion with representatives of trade unions and social NGOs, Barbara presented the work of EAPN underlining in particular work done under the Minimum Income Project.  She also detailed the efforts of EAPN and its national networks to fight poverty in the context of the European Semester.

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EAPN releases its full assessment of the European Commission’s Country-Specific Recommendations 2015

10/06/2015 – On May 15 the Commission adopted their proposals for Country-Specific Recommendations (CSRs). EAPN responded with an immediate Press Release calling on Commission to issue poverty recommendations not only in 6 but in all Member States. This paper sets out the main messages and main recommendations from a more detailed assessment of the CSRs, as regards their delivery on the Europe 2020 Strategy targets on poverty reduction, employment and education. A detailed country by country analysis is annexed.

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EAPN releases its full assessment of the European Commission’s Country-Specific Recommendations 2015

10/06/2015 – On May 15 the Commission adopted their proposals for Country-Specific Recommendations (CSRs). EAPN responded with an immediate Press Release calling on Commission to issue poverty recommendations not only in 6 but in all Member States. This paper sets out the main messages and main recommendations from a more detailed assessment of the CSRs,…

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