The European Parliament will vote in plenary session tomorrow 20.11.2013 on the budget of the European Union and on the European Social Fund. Our campaign is reaching its end and we thank all supporters of our campaign and signers of our petition to allocate Eu funds to poverty reduction. See our latest press release on the topic http://www.eapn.eu/en/news-and-publications/press-room/eapn-press-releases/will-meps-give-the-esf-its-full-potential-to-reduce-poverty. We will also issue tomorrow the result of the vote in the European Parliament. Follow us on our website www.eapn.eu, on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/EuropeanAntiPovertyNetwork and on Twitter @EAPNEurope.
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Nearly 1 in 4 persons is in or at risk of poverty and/or
Member States all committed to fighting poverty and social
exclusion when they agreed the European Target on poverty reduction, i.e.
lifting out 20 million people out of poverty by 2020.
The story differs when it
comes to action, despite the situation of emergency.
EU Members States fail to respect their commitments in the
fight against poverty
In Oct 2011, The European Commission made a sensible
proposal to allocate 25% of the Cohesion Policy budget to the European
Social Fund and 20% of the ESF to social inclusion and
poverty reduction, welcomed by all social NGOs. At
their June 2012 General Affairs
Council meeting, the vast majority
of Member States rejected it. They will give their final vote at their next
Council meeting next November, sealing a 7-year programming period!
that while banks and financial institutions gets billions in loans and
investments, nice words and targets seem all that is on offer to people in or
at risk of poverty: 1 in 4 of us all, children included.
measures are investing in poverty, inequalities and darker days for future
generations. This is not acceptable from elected representatives.
We say NO
and we want to be heard. We must increase the pressure on political leaders so
they respect their commitments, and our votes!
ESF role is key in the fight against poverty
and social inclusion
The ESF is a
key EU Fund for investing in people rather than just investing in
infrastructure. The ESF has been essential for ensuring educational, training
and work opportunities, for people who have for one reason or another missed
out on formal education opportunities and found themselves at great
disadvantage in finding decent work.
In time of
economic crisis and austerity measures taken by Member States, the role of the
ESF is all the more crucial
For the programming period (2007-2013), 13,2%
of ESF is allocated to social inclusion measures.
Considering Member States have agreed to lift out 20 million people out
of poverty by 2020 and given the consequences of the financial, economic and
social crisis at stake, the ESF allocation needs to be higher, as proposed by
the European Commission.
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