EAEA News 2012-06-12
European Anti-Poverty Network calls for EU Social Investment Pact
11 June 2012 - The 23rd General Assembly of the European Anto-Poverty Network (EAPN) delivered a strong message to EU Institutions and
National Governments to say that ‘Austerity´ is not working
and that it is driving people further into poverty and making the ‘poor´ pay
the price for the crisis they did not create. Delegates recognised some recent
positive change in rhetoric in terms of a more social response to the crisis
but it was clear that a change in words will not be enough but needs to be
backed up by an EU Social Investment Pact.
EAPN believes that
the following elements should be part of such an EU Social Investment Pact:
- Investment in quality job-creation, accessible services and
high level social protection systems, including adequate minimum income
- Backing the role of the State to provide common goods and
ensuring inclusion and social cohesion.
- The pursuit of tax justice - prioritising progressive income
tax, wealth tax, financial transactions tax and tackling tax evasion and
avoidance by closing down tax havens.
- Saving the Euro and reinforcing European economic stability.
- Measuring social progress not just economic performance.
The delegates to
the General Assembly also expressed their solidarity with the people of Greece
who they feel have been abandoned by EU leaders who enforced policies with no
consideration for their immediate and long term social consequences. "This
approach has had disastrous consequences which many, including EAPN, predicted"
said Sérgio Aires, the new President of EAPN. "Until addressing
poverty and inequality and defending the European Social Model becomes a real
priority in European politics we will continue on this road to disintegration",
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