Social Exclusion : Eapn Calls for Overhaul of Economic and Social Policy
"The shocking official figures of 72 million people living their daily lives in or at risk of poverty shows that the EU has failed in reaching the vision of a social Europe." This is a damning conclusion drawn by delegates attending the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) General Assembly in Toledo, Spain, from 5 to 7 October.
"If it is to achieve its stated objective to make decisive impact on the eradication of poverty by 2010, the EU needs to rethink its economic and social policy by ensuring a balance between the progress made in market and economic integration with cooperation to guarantee access for all to high levels of social standards and fundamental rights," outgoing EAPN President Maria Marinakou declared.
Some 160 representatives of NGOs working with people experiencing poverty and social exclusion across Europe called on all relevant actors, and in particular political leaders at EU and national level, to:
- actively promote social cohesion and the eradication of poverty at national level, and to mainstream the fight against poverty into the activities undertaken during the 2007 European Year of Equal Opportunities for All;
- ensure that all asylum and immigration policies fully respect fundamental rights. In the context of the recent increased illegal immigration flow towards the EU, EAPN also calls on the EU to ensure a broader reflection on the causes of immigration, including the failure to meet the development aid target of 0. …