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DRIVERS for Health Equity presents its findings and principles for policy and practice that help reduce health inequalities

03/02/2015 – DRIVERS will present its findings and recommendations at the European Parliament today. The event titled ‘Tackling societal challenges: solutions from DRIVERS for Health Equity’ will provide an opportunity to learn about the research findings and overarching principles for policy and practice that help reduce health inequalities across the life course, and debate with Members of the European Parliament and policy makers on how to incorporate the recommendations from DRIVERS in existing, emerging and future policy initiatives. EAPN will participate as a partner of the Drivers’ Project.

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DELIVERING SOCIAL INCLUSION THROUGH STRUCTURAL FUNDS EAPN Structural Funds Good-Practice Handbook

02/02/2015 – Delivering Social Inclusion Through Structural Funds is EAPN’s latest handbook for NGOs on how to use Structurals Funds for social inclusion. Compiled by EAPN Members, it outlines EAPN’s guiding principles to assess a good practice of SF-funded projects on social inclusion and showcases examples of NGO-driven projects funded by Structural Funds under the…

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DELIVERING SOCIAL INCLUSION THROUGH STRUCTURAL FUNDS EAPN Structural Funds Good-Practice Handbook

02/02/2015 – Delivering Social Inclusion Through Structural Funds is EAPN’s latest handbook for NGOs on how to use Structurals Funds for social inclusion. Compiled by EAPN Members, it outlines EAPN’s guiding principles to assess a good practice of SF-funded projects on social inclusion and showcases examples of NGO-driven projects funded by Structural Funds under the previous funding round.

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EAPN EUISG Meeting in Rome | Peer Review on CSRs 2014, and Seminar on Early School Leaving

05-07/02 – EAPN EU Inclusion Strategies Group meets in Rome this week, involving experts from EAPN’s 31 national networks and European Organisations. The main focus of the meeting will be an assessment of the European Semester and Europe 2020, from the perspective of EAPN members trying to engage at national and EU level. The Working Group will be preceded by an important Seminar organized by CILAP/EAPN Italy Let’s not leave them behind – Early school leaving, poverty and social exclusion.

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EAPN meets President Juncker’s Cabinet

21/01/2015 – Sérgio Aires, president of EAPN, together with other Bureau members met with Commission President Juncker’s cabinet as well as the Stefaan Hermans, Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Thyssen, who is also responsible for social policy.  These meetings served to introduce EAPN’s work to the new Commission as well to establish good working contacts. EAPN was well received by both cabinets who themselves had been working in the social field in previous years. In particular,  Luc Tholoniat of Juncker’s cabinet had been closely involved in developing the Open Method of Co-ordination in early 2000.

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Launch of the European Year for Development EYD2015 Civil Society Alliance

15/01/2015 – More than 70 participants, including EAPN, took part in the Civil Society Alliance launch event of the 2015 European Year from Development #EYD2015 in Brussels. The event also launched the Action/2015 campaign calling on local and world leaders to take urgent action to fight, with concrete measures, for a just and sustainable world. The European Group of Action/2015 participated in the EYD2015 Alliance launch too and with CONCORD organized a photo op in front of the European Parliament.

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Economic Crisis and Austerity in Southern Europe: Threat or Opportunity for building a sustainable welfare state?

On Tuesday the 13 January 2015, EAPN participated in the first of OSE’s after-work seminars, organized with AK EUROPA and the ÖGB Europabüro, which presented damning new evidence of the negative impact of austerity on welfare states, particularly on social protection and health service, increasing poverty and inequality. The response from Dino Pinelli, Senior Economist from DG ECFIN, recognized the negative impact but underlined Member State responsibility for choice of measures and the need to continue with the treatment. EAPN’s questions focused on 4 issues:

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