What’s happened to Inclusion, Poverty and Participation?

EAPN welcomes Marianne Thyssen as designate Commissioner but is concerned by the loss of inclusion and civil-society engagement Brussels, 12 September 2014 – The European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) welcomes Marianne Thyssen as designate Commissioner, and hopes that she will work actively with anti-poverty organisations and people with direct experience of poverty, to defend social objectives…

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What’s happened to Inclusion, Poverty and Participation?

EAPN welcomes Marianne Thyssen as designate Commissioner but is concerned by the loss of inclusion and civil-society engagement

Brussels, 12 September 2014 – The European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) welcomes Marianne Thyssen as designate Commissioner, and hopes that she will work actively with anti-poverty organisations and people with direct experience of poverty, to defend social objectives and support an effective integrated strategy on poverty to deliver on the poverty target, particularly through Europe 2020 and the Semester. However, EAPN is concerned by the loss of Inclusion and the absence of civil-society engagement from the DG Title.

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11/9 Joint seminar in the Parliament: Decent Work, Quality Jobs and Poverty – The Missing Link in Europe 2020 what way forward?

11/09/2014 – The Socialists & Democrats Group of the European Parliament hosted a joint seminar with the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) to critically examine how the quality of work and employment are taken up in the Europe 2020 Strategy, both at national and EU levels: what the consequences for poverty and social exclusion are and…

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Semester Alliance addresses Commissioners on their commitments to progress on Europe 2020 targets

05/09/2014 – The EU Semester Alliance has prepared questions to probe the Commissioner-Designates’ commitment to progress on the social, sustainable and equality targets and commitments of Europe 2020 and the European Semester, through strengthening democratic legitimacy and social and civil dialogue engagement, particularly in the context of the Mid-Term Review of the Europe 2020 strategy to be carried out in 2015.

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17 Oct: Brussels Forum, member of EAPN Belgium Social Innovation Conference

Next 17th October, on the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the FBLP (Brussels Forum Against Poverty, regional member of the Belgian Anti-Poverty Network), organises a conference on Social Innovation, as part of the Festival des Libertés, with the support of the French Community Commission of Brussels-Capital, the King Baudouin Foundation…

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17 Oct: Brussels Forum, member of EAPN Belgium Social Innovation Conference

Next 17th October, on the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the FBLP (Brussels Forum Against Poverty, regional member of the Belgian Anti-Poverty Network), organises a conference on Social Innovation, as part of the Festival des Libertés, with the support of the French Community Commission of Brussels-Capital, the King Baudouin Foundation and CPAS of Saint-Gilles. The content of the conference will be based on an inventory of 33 projects identified as a spearhead of social innovation in Brussels.

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EAPN has lost two very important women

It was with deep sadness and shock that Friday 15 August we received the news about the loss of two very important women for all of us in EAPN family: Alida Smeekes (EAPN Netherlands) and Ruth Brand (EAPN Germany). They were both strong and devoted founding members of our network and contributed deeply for the fight against poverty and social exclusion. We would like to express our deep condolences to their families and friends and remember all of us that the best way to honor them is to preserve their lasting legacy in our hearts, thoughts and actions.

Sérgio Aires: President of EAPN

If you should wish to contribute a message or a memory you have of Ruth or Alida please send an email to fintan.farrell@eapn.eu by 5 September. We will put these messages together and send to the families and Networks concerned and put them on our website as a tribute to the lives of these two women who have contributed from their strengths and convictions to the story of EAPN and the fight against poverty.

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1 – Alides Smeekes at the 9th EU Meeting of People Experiencing Poverty

2 – Ruth Brand at the Social Forum

 

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