About the Baby and the Bathwater: Assessing the European Platform Against Poverty

36 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2014

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Sebastiano Sabato

Observatoire Social Européen

Bart Vanhercke

University of Amsterdam

Date Written: November 20, 2014

Abstract

This Working Paper provides a qualitative assessment of one of Europe 2020's flagship initiatives: the 'European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion' (EPAP).

The paper argues that a transformed EPAP has the potential to provide strong added value for the EU's toolbox in the fight against poverty. Rather than throwing out the baby with the bathwater, the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 Strategy should be used as a window of opportunity to revamp this tool by addressing its weaknesses. The authors propose three complementary scenarios for boosting, step by step, the effectiveness of the Platform.

Keywords: social policy; Europe 2020; EU policy; poverty; social exclusion; EU countries

Suggested Citation

Sabato, Sebastiano and Vanhercke, Bart, About the Baby and the Bathwater: Assessing the European Platform Against Poverty (November 20, 2014). ETUI Working Paper 2014.09, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2531614 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2531614

Sebastiano Sabato (Contact Author)

Observatoire Social Européen ( email )

B-1050 Brussels
Belgium

Bart Vanhercke

University of Amsterdam ( email )

Spui 21
Amsterdam, 1018 WB
Netherlands

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