21/10/2015 – Ireland and the EU have agreed to modest social and environmental targets for 2020, but even these will not be met without a change of direction.
The Better Europe Alliance in its meeting with the Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs today will call for social and environmental concerns to be put at the heart of EU policy. This requires a change of policy direction without which the EU and Ireland will fail to meet commitments on poverty reduction and climate change in 2020.
The Irish Semester Conference on Promoting a Socially, Economically and Environmentally Sustainable Ireland in Europe held on 5 December 2014 brought together 70 social and environmental activists and decision-makers to discuss how to bring The Better Europe Alliance concerns to the table, particularly with the mid-term review of the 10-year Europe 2020 Strategy in 2015. A video of the conference is now available, along with a comprehensive background publication.
On 03/12/2014, the EU Semester Alliance held a well-attended hearing in the European Parliament, Giving a Voice to Civil Society Proposals for Europe 2020, hosted by Hon. Jean Lambert MEP (Greens / EFA) and Hon. Marian Harkin MEP (ALDE). A short report of the hearing, with the Semester Alliance key messages and links to the presentations and photos of the event, is now available. Continue Reading
On the 3rd December, the EU Semester Alliance held a well-attended hearing in the European Parliament, hosted by Hon. Jean Lambert MEP (Greens / EFA) and Hon. Marian Harkin MEP (ALDE). It is the second such hearing organized by the Alliance in 2014, presenting to decision-makers and stakeholders the Alliance’s assessment of and proposals for a democratic, social and sustainable way forward for the Europe 2020 Strategy and the European Semester in 2015. Continue Reading
5/12/2014- A Socially, Economically and Environmentally Sustainable Ireland in Europe: A national conference on Europe 2020 and the European Semester. Organised by The Better Europe Alliance: Irish Civil Society Organisations for a Social and Sustainable Europe.
The aim of the Conference is to provide a forum for dialogue among a wide range of stakeholders on how to bring about a more balanced inclusive and sustainable European Semester and Europe 2020 strategy. The event will provide an important opportunity for participants to better understand these European processes, its relevance and the opportunities and challenges it provides. These are the key European processes which impact on Ireland’s annual budget and contains five targets on the areas of employment, research and innovation, employment, education and poverty and social exclusion.
On 20-21 November, The Semester Alliance, with the Bulgarian national pilot Alliance, took part in the 4th Annual Convention of the European platform against poverty and social exclusion (#Poverty2020) particularly in the workshop on Governance, putting forward 3 key messages. Continue Reading
Europe 2020 and the European Semester
The Better Europe Alliance, coordinated by EAPN Ireland, brings together social, equality and environmental NGOs and Trade Unions as part of the Europe-wide Semester Alliance.
1. What is the European Semester?
Bulgaria, Denmark and Ireland are the countries which the Semester Alliance members have identified as the 3 national-pilot members and whose aim is to carry out cross-sectoral joint work at national level on the European Semester, to achieve social, sustainable and equality policy outcomes. National pilots represent an added value for the Semester Alliance, bringing to it the national perspective. Continue Reading