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Over 10% of new European Parliament commits to fighting Poverty

The European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) celebrates its campaign Electing Champions for a Social Europe as a success, with over 10% of the newly elected MEPs committed to fighting poverty, social exclusion, inequalities and discrimination.

Brussels, 03/06/2014 – Over 10% of the newly elected MEPs have responded to the call of the European Anti-poverty Network, committing themselves to fight poverty and social exclusion during their mandate in the new European Parliament. The European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) campaigned to encourage the candidates to the European elections to become Champions for a Social Europe by taking the pledge to defend and push for 1) a Social Pact for a Social Europe 2) An effective EU Strategy to fight poverty, social exclusion, inequalities and discrimination 3) Strengthened democracy and civil-society participation 4) An annual Hearing with People experiencing poverty in the European Parliament. EAPN welcomes these results as a great success, in a context of low turn-out and rise in extreme-right and anti-democratic parties.

 

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38 leading organisations urge European Council to protect migrant children’s rights

22/05/2014 – As the European Union is developing its strategic guidelines on the future of Justice and Home Affairs policies, 38 leading organisations in the fields of human rights, health, education and social inclusion, including the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF, OHCHR and the European Network for Ombudspersons, are calling on the European Council to use the opportunity to advance on its achievements and commitments to every child, including migrant children in vulnerable situations, by making children’s rights a strategic and actionable priority for Home Affairs policy in the coming years.

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EPSU calls for change of tack in economic policy –refocussing on reducing inequality – investing in public spending and quality jobs

21 May 2014, Toulouse – EAPN spoke in the economic policy panel in the EPSU 9th Assembly, held in Toulouse. The panel was chaired by Philippe Pochet, ETUI, who channelled the panel debate around the 5 key challenges presented by Ronald Janssen/ETUC  : the lack of  demand fuelled by austerity,  the need for a rethink on ECB investment policy, increasing precarious work, and falling wage share compared to profits; the need for fair taxation to finance public services and benefits and reduce inequality.

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EAPN Serbia: Urgent call for help

20/05/2014 – Dear colleagues, in past weeks Serbia has suffered from the worst floods in the last 120 years. Entire cities are destroyed and thousands of mainly socially endangered households are suffering from the consequences. In order to ensure the system of collecting humanitarian aid/financial donations, the Government of the Republic of Serbia established the mechanisms of collecting funds via Pay Pal system. All members of Antipoverty Network Serbia are involved in disseminatiing the information, collecting donations, providing voluntary support to the endangered persons. #Serbiafloods

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Poverty calling: EAPN CALLS ON EUROPEANS TO VOTE FOR A EUROPE FREE OF POVERTY

European Anti-Poverty Network and its members throughout the EU call on Europeans to make their voices heard and help shape a more social Europe

Brussels, 08/05/2014 – Anti-poverty organizations across the European Union are calling on Europeans to vote in the next European elections and elect candidates to the European Parliament who are explicitly committed to fighting poverty, social exclusion and inequalities in the European Union. In view of 9th May, which is celebrated as Europe Day, European and national anti-poverty networks come together to remind Europeans that the EU they want depends on the new Parliament they will elect. Over a period of several days around 9th May, EAPN national members, from Finland to Portugal, are holding national, regional and local events.

Over the last months, EAPN has reached out to candidates to the European election asking them for their commitment to fight for a more Social Europe, free of poverty, social exclusion and inequalities. And many candidates have responded, signing up to EAPN’s campaign and its manifesto. This time it must be different. To safeguard Democracy we need a European Parliament that is on the side of the people and fully represent their main interests. And among the most important and decisive one’s is the fight against Poverty.” said Sérgio Aires, President of EAPN.

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