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Unemployment Remains at Alarming High level: Euro unemployment rate rose tot 11.8%. EU27 to 10.7%

Unemployment rates remain at record high levels. The euro area (EA17) unemployment rate was 11.8% in November 2012, up from 11.7% in October. The EU27 unemployment rate was 10.7% in November 2012, stable compared with October. Figures hit new highs and risk to undermine social protection systems in southern Europe. Eurostat estimates that more than 26 million men and women in the EU27, of whom 18 million were in the euro area, were unemployed in November 2012, which is the highest level (...)

Report on the EP seminar ’From Rhetoric to Action - Tackling Child Poverty and Promoting Children’s Health and Well-being in the EU’

On 4 December 2012, MEPs Jean Lambert (UK, the Greens), Marian Harkin (IE, ALDE), Edit Bauer (SK, EPP) and Sylvana Rapti (EL, S&D) hosted an EU policy makers and stakeholders debate in the European Parliament discussing the need for a comprehensive response to child poverty-health relation at an EU level. The seminar assessed the flaws of Europe’s fight against child poverty and raised awareness about the overlooked linkage between increasing levels of child poverty and austerity (...)

24% of the population (120 million) at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU in 2011

According to the newest Eurostat data, in 2011, 119.6 million people, or 24.2% of the population in the EU27 were at risk of poverty or social exclusion - compared with 23.4% in 2010 and 23.5% in 2008. This means that 119.6 million people in the EU are at-risk-of-poverty, or severely materially deprived, or living in households with very low work intensity (or any possible combination of this three factors) The reduction of the number of persons at risk of poverty or social exclusion in (...)

Second Poverty Convention urges EU Member States to invest in social policies for human capital and social cohesion.

The Second Annual Convention of the Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion took place this December 5-7. It stressed the need for robust social policies at national and EU level able to deal with the current economic and social crisis. Ever since the poverty reduction targets were agreed (20 million by 2020), the numbers of poor and socially excluded people in the EU have actually risen. In order to support social inclusion of disadvantaged people, access to adequate services and (...)

European Mayors support our Citizens Initiative on Water and Sanitation as a Human Right. What about you?

On the Human Rights Day, mayors from 10 major European cities have appealed to their citizens to support the European Citizens’ Initiative on Water and Sanitation that EPHA and partners support and promote, together with the European Federation of Public Services Unions (EPSU). On the 10 December 2012, mayors from Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Genoa, Ghent, Leicester, Nantes, Naples, Paris, Moita and Vienna have joined forces with civil society and trade union campaigners to call (...)

’Mind the Gap’ - How can ICT & Social Networking empower Roma communities in Europe?

On early December, The ERGO network organised a public event hosted by Ioan Enciu MEP (S&D, RO) which aimed to “bring Roma realities to Brussels” and to provide the Brussels based officials a reality check on the Roma daily life at grassroots level. DG Justice, DG Connect and DG Regio representatives contributed to the exchange of views. EPHA represented the public health community. Objective of the meeting The meeting was designed to share experiences among the Romani (...)

European Parliament adopts a report on Social Investment Pact as a response to the crisis

At its plenary sitting of 20 November 2012, the European Parliament adopted a report "Social Investment Pack - as a response to the crisis" by Danuta Jazlowiecka MEP (PL, EPP). Recognizing the long-lasting effects of the current economic and financial crisis on economic growth, employment rates, the level of poverty and social exclusion, public savings and the quantity and quality of social investments in Europe, the report calls for a renewed approach to Social Investments in Europe. (...)

EPHA publishes Policy Recommendations on Child Poverty, Health and Well-being

To feed into the European Commission’s preparations around Recommendation on Child Poverty planned for early 2013, EPHA publishes a set of Policy Recommendations on Child Poverty, Health and Well-being aimed at preventing and tackling child poverty by addressing health promotion and disease of the child population. The recommendation will be presented on the occasion of EPHA’s European Parliament seminar on the same issue on 4 December 2012. 2012 EPHA Recommendation on Child (...)

New report: Mapping Exclusion - Institutional and community-based services in the mental health field in Europe

A joint initiative of the Open Society Foundations and Mental Health Europe, this recently-launched paper is the first European report of the state of deinstitutionalization and community-based care in the mental health field. Report’s introduction Across Europe, considerable efforts have been made to shift the balance of care from psychiatric hospitals to a varied provision of services in the community for people with severe mental health problems. Deinstitutionalisation and the (...)

Water and sanitation are a human right!

There is a new short video to promote the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) for the right to water and sanitation- an initiative that sees the promotion of water supply and sanitation as essential public services for all. In the framework of the ECI, the aim of this campaign is to collect one million signatures from all over Europe. Video- Water is a Human Right Take a look, sign if you haven’t done so already, and forward the clip to all people you know and ask them to (...)