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EPHA calls on national governments to support healthy nutrition while developing national operational programmes of the Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived

September 2014 - European Public Health Alliance, Europe’s largest network of public health organisations and NGOs advocating for better health for all and reducing health inequalities, has launched its call on governments of all 28 EU Member States to support healthy nutrition while developing their national operational programmes for the new Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived, formerly "Free Food for Europe’s Poor". As the responsibility for the programme oscillates (...)

European Economic and Social Committee presents its five year Action Plan for Europe

On 12 May 2014 an Action Plan was adopted in the Plenary of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). This Action Plan aims to deliver a set of solutions to restore EU citizens’ lost confidence in the European institutions. The Plan includes three main areas: (1) An Economic Union (2); a Social Union; (3) and a Democratic and Civil Union. With public trust in the European Union reaching an all time low; a deep economic crises with even deeper social consequences; and the EU (...)

MEPs approve Fund for European Aid to Most Deprived

As the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) agreed, the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived must be, at least, maintained at today’s level of €3.5 billion. MEP also decided on the mandatory participation of EU Member States in this scheme. Additionally, co-financing was put at 85% or even 95% rate for Member States hardest hit by the crisis. EPHA welcomes the European Parliament’s move but urges the Fund to provide healthy and more nutritious food, as well as (...)

MEPs’ rejection of cuts for EU’s Fund for Most Deprived should be followed by more healthy and nutritious food provision

Following the vote by the European Parliament’s Social Affairs Committee on Monday (21 May 2013) rejecting the Commission’s proposal for one billion cut to the Fund for the 2014-2020 European Aid to the Most Deprived, EPHA applauds the Committee’s move whilst asking to re-consider its take on health and nutritional value of the food aid provision to the EU’s poor. The new 2014-2020 programme is intended to replace the Food Distribution Programme designed to (...)

[EPT] Fund for European Aid - European Fund - Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (updated on 18 March)

Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived The European Commission (DG Employment) has proposed to set up a European Aid Fund to help the most deprived persons in the EU. A successor to the Food Aid to the Most Deprived, this new Fund would support member state schemes not only by providing food aid to the most deprived people, but also clothing and other essential goods to homeless people and materially-deprived children (such as shoes, soap and shampoo). The proposal is yet to be (...)

Involvement of civil society organisations crucial to effectively run EU funds, says EU-Commission

The European Commission responds to a civil society open letter by assuring its determination to defend the objectives of the European Code of Conduct on Partnership. In November 2012 the Platform of European Social NGOs sent an open letter to the Council, the European Parliament and the Commission supporting the proposal on the Partnership principle in the regulation on structural funds. The letter voiced concerns on a existing trend towards weakening participation of socio-economic and (...)

Unemployment Remains at Alarming High level: Euro unemployment rate rose tot 11.8%. EU27 to 10.7%

Unemployment rates remain at record high levels. The euro area (EA17) unemployment rate was 11.8% in November 2012, up from 11.7% in October. The EU27 unemployment rate was 10.7% in November 2012, stable compared with October. Figures hit new highs and risk to undermine social protection systems in southern Europe. Eurostat estimates that more than 26 million men and women in the EU27, of whom 18 million were in the euro area, were unemployed in November 2012, which is the highest level (...)

Second Poverty Convention urges EU Member States to invest in social policies for human capital and social cohesion.

The Second Annual Convention of the Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion took place this December 5-7. It stressed the need for robust social policies at national and EU level able to deal with the current economic and social crisis. Ever since the poverty reduction targets were agreed (20 million by 2020), the numbers of poor and socially excluded people in the EU have actually risen. In order to support social inclusion of disadvantaged people, access to adequate services and (...)

Civil Society Contact Group writes to EU Council for an EU Budget that meets peoples’ needs and EU responsabilities

The extraordinary November Summit will focus solely on the EU Budget. Heads of State will defend the budget lines that their countries receive funds from. In this context, members of the Civil Society Contact Group call for a re-prioritisation of EU funds to where they have the biggest impact on the environment, extreme poverty, and people living in Europe. The 22-23 November European Council is a crucial summit for ensuring that the next MFF delivers adequate financing for sustainable (...)

EPHA analysis of the Commission’s proposal for a new Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived

The strengths and weaknesses of the proposed fund: the new European Aid Fund for the Most Deprived, although broader in scope, is no replacement for full-fledged policies on food and nutrition poverty. This article is closely linked to EPHA’s Commission proposes new Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived. On 25 October 2012, the European Commission released its proposal for a new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD). The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) (...)