Caritas Europa Social Policy Positions
- Reaction to the European Commission Consultation on Carers Leave
Brussels, 14 September 2011 - Contribution to the European Commission consultation on Carers Leave. For Caritas organisations, based on their solid experience in providing care services, the family is a fundamental pillar to prevent and combat poverty and social exclusion.
- Policy Statement on the European Year of Volunteering 2011 [DE] [EN] [FR]
- Political Proposals to European Decision-Makers [DE] [EN] [ES] [FR]
Madrid, 4-5 June 2010 - Series of proposals for the European leaders to take into consideration to achieve a society where a new culture of solidarity and co-responsibility has the same value as individual freedom, and where social justice and the fight against poverty are key objectives for all political action.
- For a Value-driven EU agenda 2020
Brussels, 14 January 2010 - Contribution to the European Commission consultation on the Union's agenda for the next decade. Caritas Europa encourages the European Union to pursue an agenda that privileges the protection of the human being and the environment. It also urges EU decision-makers to stop relying welfare on the labour market only, but to see welfare as relying on three sources: paid employment in the labour market, solidarity within the family, and the wealth-redistributing and correcting institutional meechanisms provided by the welfare state.
- Response to consultation on EU Draft Impact Assessment Guidelines
Brussels, 25 July 2008 - In a world where more than 40% of the planet's population barely survive with less than 2 US dollars a day, Caritas Europa urges the European Union to improve the current EU draft on Impact Assessment Guidelines to effectively avoid incoherent and inefficient policies that can jeopardise the Union's committments towards the poor.
- Written Declaration from the European Parliament on ending street homelessness in Europe
Brussels, 18 February 2008 - Caritas Europa has joined an initiative of the European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless (FEANTSA) calling on Members of the European Parliament to support a Written Declaration on ending street homelessness in Europe. For Caritas Europa this Written Declaration is in accordance with the Social Teaching of the Church and would be an important step towards putting an end to this ongoing violation of human rights.
» Read the joint letter send by a coalition of 14 Social NGOs to all Members of the European Parliament: Supporting a Written Declaration from the European Parliament on ending street homelessness in Europe
» Refer to our article "Caritas Europa joins major European networks' call for political commitment to end homelessness" for more information and to download the full text of the Written Declaration. The text is available in the Union's 22 official languages.
Response to consultation on Opportunities, Access and Solidarity: Towards a new vision of the 21st century Europe
Brussels, 13 February 2008 - Caritas Europa has answered to the European Commission consultation on a new social vision for the Union. Among other remarks, Caritas Europa reacts to the Commission's single-track description of social security systems as means to contribute to employment and economic growth. For Caritas Europa social security systems should also have the social mission "to protect human rights, to uphold the dignity of men and women and to foster social cohesion".
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