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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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EAPN participates in ETUI conference “Benchmarking working Europe 2014. Evaluating 5 years crisis management”

25/04/2014 – EAPN took part in ETUI (European Trade Union Institute) conference: “Benchmarking working Europe 2014. Evaluating 5 years crisis management.” The conference aimed at presenting the report “Benchmarking working Europe 2014”, reviewing the crisis and EU austerity policies in the last five years from the point of view of European’s social agenda.

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EAPN Speaks at ImPRovE Mid-term Conference ‘The distributive impact of policies before and during the crisis – Lessons for Europe 2020’

08/04/2014 – EAPN spoke at the IMPROVE Conference on The distributive impact of policies before and during the crisis: Lessons for Europe 2020. The conference, held in the University of Antwerp presented the mid-term results of the EU funded project ImPRovE. The project is scrutinizing the impact of policies on poverty and inequality trends during the Lisbon era and the recent economic crisis, drawing lessons for the future. It paid particular attention to the countries hardest hit by the crisis and reflected on how the Europe 2020 targets can be reached.

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Spring Alliance European Elections’ Manifesto is out!

As a member of the Social Platform, EAPN supports and has contributed to the Manifesto of the Spring Alliance (Social Platform, EEB, Concord, ETUC) for the European Elections A better Europe now, which aims to present a positive vision of Europe “that puts people and planet first”.  In our previous Flash newsletter, we mentioned the launch of the manifesto (08/04) but didn’t provide you with the actual document. There it is!

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