EAPN Spain: Retouching statistical data relative poverty – 27.3% of Spain’s population lives at risk of poverty and social exclusion

28/05/2014 – Yesterday new data from INE Survey of Quality of Life ( CVD) were published. 2013 final data , with the headline “In the last year, the population at risk of poverty has fallen to 20.4 % compared to 20.8 % last year.” This holder contains two distortions. The first is the so-called statistical effect: poverty is called “relative ” because it is related to the level of the average household income. And in Spain , the average household income has done nothing but fall since 2008 , from 30,045 euros then to the 27,747 euros now. It decreased in 3.5 % only in the last year. That means the poverty line has moved down has well. That actually means that the less we earn, the poorer we are, … the lower the percentage of ” relative poverty”. But therefore, those on fixed income, such as pensioners and retirees, with households ‘theoretically” individual, have gone over that threshold, even if only of a few euros. With this calculation , in 2009 , 23.8 % of older people were in relative poverty and only only 12.7 % today ! Likewise, according to that calculation,child poverty has dropped since 2009,from 28.9% of those under 16 years, to 26.7 % now.


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.



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.


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.


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