Foreword Dear members,
The return from the summer has been a very busy one. President Barroso got the endorsement he was seeking as President of the Commission and published his new Guidelines for the new Commission, setting out his vision for the post 2010 strategy. However, the consultation paper, supposed to be published on the 20th October, has been delayed again until to November. Barroso came to the Spring Alliance conference on the 28th September to defend this vision and was pressed on the lack of a clear social dimension, by EAPN and others.
Meanwhile EAPN and social NGO’s have been engaged with the Round Table, presenting our key messages – on post 2010, reinforcing the social OMC, the social impact of the crisis and political legacy for 2010. This followed closely on the publication of the 10 key demands from the 8th Meeting of People experiencing poverty. A positive development has been the publishing of the Independent Experts assessment of minimum income schemes, as part of the follow up of the Active Inclusion Recommendation, which clearly confirms the inadequacy of current schemes, and need for an EU framework. EAPN has also been pressing home its messages on Cohesion policy and the new Barca report, and making steps forward for building stronger alliances with trade unions in a joint event organized with the support of the ETUC in September..
Developments for the EU Year 2010 continue to progress, although rather slowly in many member states, but several countries have now got out their calls for proposals. The NGO stakeholder group is finalising its key messages paper for 2010.
In November, all our working groups will be meeting, with 1 day capacity building events and working group meetings.
We look forward to seeing you all and planning our next steps together!.
Sian Jones, Policy Coordinator with the Policy Team: Fintan Farrell, Amana Ferro, Vincent Caron, Claire Champeix and Pauline Geoghegan.
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1.2010 EUROPEAN YEAR FOR COMBATING POVERTY AND SOCIAL EXCLUSION 3
2.OMC ON SOCIAL PROTECTION AND SOCIAL INCLUSION 11
3.ACTIVE INCLUSION 23
4.THE LISBON STRATEGY 30
6.STRUCTURAL FUNDS 48
7. SERVICES OF GENERAL INTEREST /SOCIAL SERVICES 56