8/10/2014 – EAPN has invested a large amount of resources in trying to engage and monitor the delivery of the Europe 2020 Strategy with inputs to the National Reform Programmes and proposals for Country-specific Recommendations (see other publications in this section). In 2015, the EU Institutions, under the auspices of the new European Parliament and Commission will carry out a Mid-Term Review of the Strategy. This process was launched on the 5 March 2014 with the Commission’s Stock-Taking Communication assessment of the Europe 2020 strategy and followed on 5 May, with the launch of an on-line public consultation with a deadline of 31 October.
Our overwhelming concern is: Can the Europe 2020 Strategy be made fit for purpose enough to deliver its promises on poverty reduction?
In this paper, we provide a summary of the EAPN assessment of the Europe 2020 Strategy 2000-14 and expand on five core priorities starting from 2015. The paper has been drafted with the EAPN EU Inclusion Strategies group, including input from the Executive Committee and the General Assembly held in June 2014. It has been sent to key actors in the summer but was formally launched on 3 October 2014 at EAPN’s Annual Conference, How will the Europe 2020 Mid-Term Review reduce poverty & inequality? The paper will provide the basis for EAPN’s response to the public consultation.
5 KEY PRIORITIES FOR CHANGE
1. BUILDING A COHERENT ECONOMIC/SOCIAL STRATEGY AND GOVERNANCE MODEL
2. ESTABLISHING CREDIBLE POVERTY AND SOCIAL TARGETS
3. PRIORITISING AN EU INTEGRATED STRATEGY TO FIGHT POVERTY AND SHORT-TERM MARSHALL-TYPE INVESTMENT PLAN
4. ESTABLISHING DEMOCRATIC AND ACCOUNTABLE GOVERNANCE
5. USING EU MONEY FOR POVERTY