EAPN and EAPN Hungary support demonstration against the Hungarian law criminalising homeless people

14/02 – In many countries, demonstrations are protesting against the Hungarian law that came into effect on 15 October 2013, criminalising homeless people who “reside habitually in public premises”. t is also the case today, in Brussels, at 11am, in front of the Hungarian Embassy. This law entails that homeless people in most of the districts in Budapest and in the adjoining communes are at risk of being fined, forced to do community-service or put into jail only for staying on the streets and squares of the city. EAPN supports these demonstrations and the Steering Committee of the Hungarian Anti- Poverty Networkhas also put forward a statement, calling on the Hungarian Government to withdraw this law.

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EAPN and EAPN Hungary support demonstration against the Hungarian law criminalising homeless people

14/02 – In many countries, demonstrations are protesting against the Hungarian law that came into effect on 15 October 2013, criminalising homeless people who “reside habitually in public premises”. t is also the case today, in Brussels, at 11am, in front of the Hungarian Embassy. This law entails that homeless people in most of the…

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2014 European Elections: EAPN calls on candidates to show their commitment

17/02 – Today, EAPN opens its blog dedicated to its campaign on the 2014 European Elections, http://electingchampionsin2014.net/. EAPN’s campaign Electing Champions for a social Europe will be launched on 04 March in the European Social Platform’s premises with a breakfast press briefing, gathering MEPs, journalists and EAPN members (national networks and European Organisations). EAPN will present its 2014 Elections manifesto, campaign objectives and activities as well as the pledge MEPs will be asked to make in fighting poverty, social exclusion and inequalities. This launch will also be a key opportunity for civil-society organisations to exchange with MEPs on their views and commitments.

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EAPN speaks in EP Event: Working Towards a more Inclusive and balanced European Semester: a model for trade union and civil society involvement

29/01 – The breakfast  seminar, organized by Green MEPs: Marije Cornelissen and Jean Lambert, with Eurodiachonia and CESI (independent trade unions), argued for a more democratic and participative governance in the European Semester, wanting progress on Guidelines for involving social partners and civil society in structured dialogue in the Semester.

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EAPN’s Explainer on Quality of Work and Employment

03/02/2014 – Quality of work and employment are the cornerstone of dignified lives, free of poverty, and of cohesive, inclusive societies! Employment is a concept that holds a double value in our societies. On the one hand, it is an economic resource, providing the economy with a capable and sustainable workforce and, on the other hand, it is a vehicle for inclusion and integration, for breaking isolation and fulfilling people’s need to contribute and be relevant in the world. EAPN’s new Explainer on Quality of Work and Employment in the EU focuses mainly on this second dimension, and how employment can best respond to this human and social right to dignified lives, free of poverty and exclusion.

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EAPN Ireland: new steps forward in 2014

EAPN Ireland starts its first 2014 newsletter by commenting Ireland’s regaining of fiscal independence: “This turning point should focus our mind on what type of society we want to re-build and what political and economic decisions are needed to achieve an end to poverty and a more equal and inclusive Ireland.” You’ll also find the list of activities coming up on An Alternative Social Report and Plan for Ireland, Decent Work, Irish Social Inclusion Forum, Structural Funds, the European Parliament elections and adequate minimum income.

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EAPN Participates in Equity Action final conference – addressing health inequalities – 2014 and beyond

23/01/2014 – EAPN participated in this important final conference of the Equity in Action project. This important conference show-cased the results of a joint action project, funded by the Commission, coordinated by UK, with 14 Member States, including Norway, and other stakeholders including Eurohealthnet, under DG Sanco’s Health Programme, aiming to find sustainable strategies to close the unacceptable gaps in inequality in health with a particular focus on the social determinants. Key Speakers included Sir Michael Marmott, Director, UCL, Institute of Health Equality, who highlighted the need to take urgent action, and to go beyond more collection of data, to tackle health inequality, but more specifically the social determinants – poverty and inequality – people’s access to adequate income, jobs, education and services.

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