EAPN Assessment of the 2016 Country-Specific Recommendations (June)

15/06/2016 – EAPN presents its assessment of the 2016 Country-Specific Recommendations (CSRs), released on 18 May 2016, and is based on inputs from National Networks and European Organisations in our membership. Members have assessed progress on Social Europe and delivery on the Europe 2020 Strategy targets on poverty reduction, employment and education. A detailed country-by-country…

EAPN’s initial response to Country-Specific Recommendations | More CSRs on poverty but austerity still dominant

Brussels, 23 May 2016 – On 18 May, the European Commission published the 2016 Country-Specific Recommendations (CSRs) proposals. EAPN welcomes the increased number of CSRs with a focus on ‘poverty reduction and social inclusion’ from 6 (2015) to 11 Member States (BG, CZ, ES, HR, HU, IE, IT, LV, PT, RO, SK), underpinned by Commissioner…

EAPN Assessment of the Country Reports and Proposals for Country-Specific Recommendations 2016

26/04/2016 – EAPN presents its full assessment of the 2016 Country Reports, released on 26 February 2016, and puts forward proposals for Country-Specific Recommendations (CSRs), based on inputs from National Networks European Organisations in our membership. EAPN wants the European Semester to deliver results on the Europe 2020 goals of inclusive and sustainable growth, and to deliver on…

Semester Alliance calls on President Juncker to bring Europe 2020 back on track!

17/09/2015 – Yesterday, the Semester Alliance broad coalition addressed a letter to European Commission President Juncker to express its concern about the direction his Commission has taken when it adopted the Country Specific Recommendations for 2015. The letter urges him “to address this and turn the 2016 AGS into a first step towards a European Semester that is democratic, social, sustainable and inclusive“. “Using the European Semester purely as an instrument to ensure macro-economic and monetary stability will not help you bring the EU closer to its citizens”#semesteralliance #AGS2016

EAPN national pilot projects on Europe 2020 and the European Semester

In 2015, EAPN is supporting its National Networks in launching ‘Europe 2020’ national pilot projects aiming to raise awareness at national level amongst key stakeholders like decision makers, civil-society stakeholders on the Europe 2020 Strategy and European Semester process. They will also aim to build capacity and promote better participation of all stakeholders in policy- and decision-making processes. As this pilot initiative also fosters cooperation and mutual learning amongst the national networks and organisations involved, some of the 5 pilot actions will therefore be carried out by a lead organization or network together with another support organization or network.

EAPN national pilot projects on Europe 2020 and the European Semester

In 2015, EAPN supported its National Networks in launching ‘Europe 2020’ national pilot projects aiming to raise awareness at national level amongst key stakeholders like decision makers, civil-society stakeholders on the Europe 2020 Strategy and European Semester process. They also aim to build capacity and promote better participation of all stakeholders in policy- and decision-making…

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The EU Semester Alliance sends today its contribution to the Mid-Term Review of Europe 2020

27/10/2014 – The report on the European Semester 2014 presents the assessment by the members of the ‘EU Alliance for a democratic, social and sustainable European Semester’ on the content and process of the European Semester in 2014, in the context of the Mid-Term Review of Europe 2020 and its governance processes. It has been written on the basis of consultation processes with the members of the Alliance at European and national levels, including through work with three pilot national Alliances in Bulgaria, Denmark and Ireland.

EAPN calls for greater coherence in EU policies to fight poverty

EAPN has written to the Ministers for Social Affairs prior to their meeting1 next Thursday and Friday 20-21 June, where they will take key decisions on the Social Investment Package proposed by the European Commission and on the Country-Specific Recommendations, as part of the Europe 2020 Strategy. In its letter, EAPN presents proposals on how to use these major EU Instruments to ensure a stronger social dimension for the EU. EAPN’s letter also includes key messages on the social dimension of the European Monetary Union (EMU), as crucial decisions should be taken on that hot issue at the European Council of Heads of States on 27-28 June.