EAPN 2015 Annual Policy Conference | Can the Semester deliver on poverty and participation?

Friday, 9 October 2015
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On Friday 9th October, EAPN will hold its annual policy conference where it will present its Assessment of the 2015 National Reform Programmes (NRPs) and European Semester, and debate together with 150 stakeholders including 80 EAPN national members, decision-makers and other stakeholders key questions.

The conference will review the performance of the European Semester on the poverty target of Europe 2020 and assess its progress in promoting effective participation with civil society. It comes at a timely moment when revisions to the European Semester are being considered, in the light of the 5 President’s report and worries about whether Europe 2020 will be side-lined, putting the poverty and social targets at risk, following the delays to the Mid-Term Review.

Some of the key questions that will be addressed are : What needs to be done to ensure that the European Semester deliver on its Europe 2020 commitments to reduce poverty and promote participation? How can we help the EU move forward on a social, sustainable and democratic strategy that could give hope and restore faith in the EU?

Key speakers confirmed include Commissioner Thyssen, Outi Slotboom, DG ECFIN, Raquel Lucas, Cabinet of Commissioner Dombrovskis, Sergio Prieto, MEP & Tom Dominique, Chair of the SPC. The conference will open with a video by Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament.

Members of the EP, EESC, ETUC, and other civil society actors including people with direct experience of poverty will be present. 


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European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Room VMA3
Rue Van Maerlant 2