Archive for 2014


New video from the Better Europe Alliance: Conference on Promoting a Socially , Economically and Environmentally Sustainable Ireland in Europe, December 2014

December 2014

A full video of the conference is now available here: Part 1: Welcome, Joan O’Donnell, Disability Federation of Ireland; Explaining the EU Semester and Europe 2020 Strategy, Michael Ewing, Environmental Pillar;l Key-Note Speech, Marian Harkin MEP; Better Europe Alliance priorities, Paul Ginnell, EAPN Ireland Part 2: Patrick O’Riordan, European Commission; Dara Lynott, Environmental Protection Agency; […]

Conference and publication: Promoting a Socially , Economically and Environmentally Sustainable Ireland in Europe

December 2014

The Conference on 5 December 2014 brought together 70 social and environmental activists and decision-makers to discuss how to bring our concerns to the table, particularly with he mid-term review of the 10-year Europe 2020 strategy next year.  (Background publication here) Speakers included representatives from the Alliance members as well as Marian Harkin, MEP; Rory […]

New Blog post – Implementation of the Public Participation Network Process in South Dublin

November 2014

New Blog post from Aiden Lloyd The evaluation of the Platform’s PPN experience in South Dublin will be presented by Brian Harvey at a seminar on Monday 24th November in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel. All are welcome. (see registration details below) Aiden Lloyd is chair of the South Dublin Community Platform and a member of […]

EAPN Ireland Flash November 2014

November 2014

EAPN Ireland Flash November 2014 Contents  A.        Special topic: linked-up planning for Europe? Europe 2002 and the European Semester What is the European Semester? Better Europe Alliance (Ireland) Conference, 5 Dec filling up fast! European Alliance for a Democratic, Social and Sustainable European Semester EAPN (Europe) on Europe 2020 B.         Policy and campaigns Poverty in […]

We can only rebuild trust in Ireland’s role in Europe if commitments to social justice, equality and environmental sustainability are delivered

November 2014

  Better Europe Alliance – CSR Presentation to JOC on European Affairs Nov 2014 An Alliance of ten Irish civil society organisations (the Better Europe Alliance) today made a presentation to the Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs to highlight the importance of delivering on Ireland’s and Europe’s social and environmental targets.  Currently, both Ireland and […]

EAPN Ireland NewsFlash October 2014

October 2014

  EAPN Ireland NewsFlash – October 2014   Contents   1. European Minimum Income Network • Irish Roundtable: An action plan for adequate income, 7 October 2014   2. The (Irish) Better Europe Alliance and the European Alliance for a Democratic, Social and Sustainable European Semester • What is the European Semester? • What is […]

Statement on Budget 2015

October 2014

Budget 2015 measures are the first tentative steps away from austerity – now we need some signposts and a roadmap to an inclusive Ireland.   EAPN Ireland has welcomed measures announced in Budget 2015 to undo some of the cuts in income and services which have devastated the lives of people on low income since […]

Round Table – An Action Plan for Minimum Income, Dublin, 7 October 2014

October 2014

46 people from the community sector, voluntary sector, trade unions, think tanks, government and politics took part in a discussion on “An Action Plan for Adequate Income” on 7 September 2014.   The report from the workshops will be integrated into the draft roadmap and will be circulated.   The papers from the Conference are: […]

Round Table Tuesday 7 October: An Action Plan for Minimum Income

October 2014

Please register now for the:  Round table: An action plan for adequate income 7 October 2014, 9.30am to 1.15pm, in the European Parliament Information Office in Ireland, Molesworth Street, Dublin This Round Table will discuss how to develop an effective minimum income scheme – the basic safety-net welfare payments – and how to build support […]

Briefing on Europe 2020 and the European Semester

September 2014

The Europe 2020 Strategy is supposed to be a balanced economic, social and environmental plan for 2010-2010. However Ireland has also agreed to EU budget rules and since 2010 these priorities have dominated with terrible social consequences including a dramatic rise in poverty. This Briefing provides a simple explanation of Europe 2020 and the wider European Semester process which includes the budget rules. With a better understanding and wider engagement with the process it is hoped to bring about an essential change of direction.