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Investing in Children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage - Analysis of the European Commission Recommendation

In late February, the European Commission issued its Recommendations on Investing in Children: Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage. In this article EPHA takes an in-depth look at the paper, highlights its main conclusions and evaluates the key findings. 26 June 2013 - Children are more at risk of poverty or social exclusion than the overall population in a large majority of EU countries. At present, out of around 120 million Europeans living at risk of poverty and/or social exclusion, 27% (...)

MEPs approve Fund for European Aid to Most Deprived

As the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) agreed, the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived must be, at least, maintained at today’s level of €3.5 billion. MEP also decided on the mandatory participation of EU Member States in this scheme. Additionally, co-financing was put at 85% or even 95% rate for Member States hardest hit by the crisis. EPHA welcomes the European Parliament’s move but urges the Fund to provide healthy and more nutritious food, as well as (...)

The European Year of Citizens Alliance (EYCA)

‘The European Year of Citizens Alliance (EYCA) is an open network of European and national civil society organisations willing to promote active citizenship as a core element of the European democracy in the context of the European Year of Citizens 2013.’ The EYCA On 11 August 2011, the European Commission proposed to designate 2013 as the “European Year of Citizens” to mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the European Union Citizenship under the (...)

European Parliament puts spotlight on the importance of social housing in the EU

On June 11, the Plenary Session of the European Parliament (EP) voted in favour of an initiative report on social housing in the European Union, drafted by Karima Delli MEP (France, Greens/European Free Alliance). European, local and regional representatives have meanwhile launched a petition for a European social housing action framework. In the same vein, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recently published a new sectoral briefing on housing. The EP report acknowledges the role (...)

[Save the date] CECODHAS Housing Europe colloquium on the question “Where is housing in the future social contract?”

On 24 and 25 June, CECODHAS Housing Europe (a network of 45 national and regional federations of public, voluntary and cooperative housing providers)) will hold a colloquium on the question “ Where is housing in the future social contract?” in Leuven (Belgium). There will be maximum of 60 participants to ensure productive discussions with participants invited from a range of EU countries and with different housing sector interests. The summer academy will build on the expertise of participants to draw up a participatory programme.


MEPs’ rejection of cuts for EU’s Fund for Most Deprived should be followed by more healthy and nutritious food provision

Following the vote by the European Parliament’s Social Affairs Committee on Monday (21 May 2013) rejecting the Commission’s proposal for one billion cut to the Fund for the 2014-2020 European Aid to the Most Deprived, EPHA applauds the Committee’s move whilst asking to re-consider its take on health and nutritional value of the food aid provision to the EU’s poor. The new 2014-2020 programme is intended to replace the Food Distribution Programme designed to (...)

[EPT] Roma NRIS – Policy Framework – National Roma Integration Strategies (26 June 2013)

National Roma Integration Strategies (NRIS) Many of the estimated 10-12 million Roma in Europe face prejudice, intolerance, discrimination and social exclusion in their daily lives. They are marginalised and live in very poor socio-economic conditions. This EU Framework seeks to make a tangible difference to Roma people’s lives. It is the EU’s response to the current situation and does not replace Member States’ primary responsibility in this regard. With this EU (...)

[Water is a Human Right campaign] First ever European Citizens Initiative to make it !

Brussels, 7 May - The first ever European Citizens Initiative (ECI) – Water is a Human Right! – has collected over 1.5 million signatures across Europe. Eight countries have just passed the minimum number of signatures required. The European Citizens’ Initiative ‘Water is a Human Right!’ is a pan-European initiative calling for the European Union (EU) to guarantee clean drinking water and quality sanitation for everyone living in Europe. EPHA, one of the (...)

Join proposal to support Recommendations on Child Poverty & Well-being

An Ad hoc group including ATD fourth World, Caritas Europa, Coface, Eurochild, EAPN, Eurodaconia and PICUM have sent a letter to the László Andor, European Commissioner responsible for employment, social affairs and inclusion, calling to better fight child poverty and promote child well-being. The letter has proposed set of guidelines on how to achieve more effective implementation of the Recommendation on Child Poverty and Well-being, by engaging stakeholders and government on local, (...)

OECD & EPHA - Inclusive Growth only possible by challenging current growth model

On April 3, EPHA Secretary General participated in a high-level workshop on "Defining and Measuring Inclusive Growth" organised by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). With this initiative, the OECD wants to revise the way economic growth is approached– from purely pro-growth to inclusive growth – while seeking ways to improve the way policy is made and implemented. A key objective of the workshop was to develop a roadmap for policies for inclusive (...)