European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland – Newsflash July 2020

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European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland
Newsflash July 2020



EAPN Ireland News

EAPN Ireland Statement on the Programme for Government 
Please find enclosed a recent EAPN Ireland statement on the new Programme for Government.

EAPN Ireland Blog
Please find enclosed the latest EAPN Ireland blog written by Noreen Byrne on the impacts of COVID-19 on the community of North Clondalkin.

Community Action Network- Social Clauses Webinar
Community Action Network will be hosting Social Clauses Webinars this comming Autumn. Social clauses can be used by public bodies like government departments, local authorities and other public bodies in their procurement to address inequality and poverty. Join in these two autumn webinars to learn about how they work and how they link to human rights. Find more about these events and how to register for free here.


EAPN Europe News

Save the date! EAPN’s annual policy conference will be held online on
July 14th starting at 1pm Irish time.
This year’s conference will focus on how to ensure the poor don’t pay for Covid-19 and ensuring that short-term responses feed into an effective long-term rights-based EU strategy to fight poverty. We will present our study’s main findings and policy recommendations for national and EU levels and discuss them with decision makers such as Nicolas Schmit, EU Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights & Olivier De Schutter, UN Rapporteur. Registrations are open. Read more here.

EAPN Input to Consultation on the implementation of the EPSR
In its latest position paper, EAPN is setting out its proposals for an Action Plan to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR), submitted as a part of its response to the European Commission’s public consultation. In this paper, EAPN underlines the need to ensure that the Action Plan for the EPSR builds on the emergency measures being put in place by Member States to deal with COVID-19 to:

  • reinforce adequate income (quality jobs with fair living wages and minimum income and social protection income supports)
  • access to key public and essential services (public health and care services, education, training and lifelong learning and social, affordable housing).

EAPN encourages everyone to take part in this public consultation. You can find more information here.
Call for Action for a Comprehensive,Sustainable Europe 2020 Strategy with a strong social dimension
EAPN As member of the EU Alliance for Investing in Children, EAPN is proud to support the Call for Action for a comprehensive,sustainable Europe 2030 strategy with a strong social dimension. In this statement, we called on the EU institutions to:

  • Propose and adopt a comprehensive, sustainable Europe 2030 strategy with a strong social dimension
  • Set an ambitious target to tackle poverty and child poverty in the EU with a mid-term review
  • Strengthen social and economic policy coordination and monitoring of the Europe 2030 Strategy
  • Allocate EU funding for the implementation of the Europe 2030 Strategy
  • Meaningfully engage civil society and social partners in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Europe 2030 Strategy.

You can read the full statement here.

Lifting Structural Barriers: A Priority in the fight against Racism: European Network Against Racism
In its latest position paper, European Network Against Racism discusses the impact of Covid-19 on ethnic communities in a range of areas, including policing, housing, employment etc. and calls on the EU and Member States to change their approach and focus on structural racism in anti-racism policies. The paper also provides further recommendations for concrete measures to be adopted to respond to the structural inequalities exacerbated by the Covid-19 crisis. You can read the paper here.


EU Institute News

In the first June issue of the European Magazine, an article is dedicated to the fight against poverty and the necessary implementation of European Minimum Income. Kira PETER-HANSEN, Vice President of the Greens/EFA group argued that  “The EU must focus on delivering a society without poverty and with social justice at its core”. She shared that the group is “working for a poverty-proof European Minimum Income and an action plan to end in-work poverty”. Read here.


Other News

Recovering Rights after COVID-19: Maximum Available Resources| Centre for Economic and Social Rights 
The Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) published the first in the Recovering Rights series of issues,briefs that aim to spark collective debate on this question.It discusses how resources are critical to fund the policies, plans, and programmes needed to protect socio-economic rights from the pandemic and build fairer and more resilient economies in the future. Read more here.

EU Institute News

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