Joint statement about young people’s social inclusion on the occasion of the Annual Convention on Inclusive Growth (ACIG) 2017

This year, the Annual Convention focusses on young people’s social inclusion and on good practices to respond to their complex needs. Today, we highlight several important aspects for the development of European youth policy and practice:

  • Develop integrated services for vulnerable young people: Young people are a diverse group, among them are young people in public care, young carers, unaccompanied migrant children, young people with mental health problems or disabilities, and early school leavers. They often find themselves in challenging life circumstances that require integrated support from different professionals, be that social workers, teachers, carers, mental health professionals, or job coaches.
  • Respond to the needs of young carers across Europe: Young carers are children and young adults who provide care for a parent or relative in the community, usually within their own home. They can perform the most personal and intimate of tasks, often without any help or support from welfare agencies. Many young carers provide care at great personal expense - they are deprived of their childhood, few have established friendships or other support networks. Young carers are at greater risk of not completing their formal education and are less able to enter into higher education reducing their life chances and increasing their social exclusion.
  • Address the causes of ill health and the barriers to well-being: Poor mental and physical health, and the unhealthy environments and behaviours which cause them, can block young people from the labour market. Subsequent financial and social exclusion leads to further ill health, leading to a viscous cycle and long-term negative impacts. To effectively address these challenges and build resilient labour markets, we need to tackle risks for ill health and barriers to well-being. Support should focus on the needs of the most vulnerable, as they are most affected.

This is a shared statement signed by three different European networks about young people’s social inclusion and complements the jointly prepared ACIG session on “Barriers and success factors to facilitate young people’s social and labour market participation”.

The EUROPEAN SOCIAL NETWORK is the network for local public social services

EUROHEALTHNET is a partnership of organisations, agencies and statutory bodies working to improve health, equity, and wellbeing.

EUROCARERS is the network representing informal carers and their organisations

John Halloran           

Caroline Costongs

Stecy Yghemonos

The Europe we want: Just, Sustainable, Democratic and Inclusive

As we mark the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, we have a momentous opportunity to take stock of how far Europe has come – and how far we still have to go in order to offer a sustainable and prosperous future to everyone in Europe. It is an opportunity that we call on you, the leaders of Europe, to seize with both hands. We call on you to show leadership, vision and courage to set Europe on the path to a sustainable future which realises the rights of all people and respects planetary boundaries.

In March 2017 EuroHealthNet joined this Common appeal to European leaders by European Civil Society Organisations and Trade Unions

Call for actions for health and equity

Noting the high levels of health inequalities in many EU countries, 30 EU health organisations call on European Institutions and Member State governments to recognise the central role that health and health equity play in building strong and sustainable social market economies.

We also urge European Institutions and EU Member States to put health inequalities at the forefront of their health related priorities, as a topic in and of itself, and to place a stronger emphasis on health equity as an indicator, not only of how health systems are performing, but of how well Member States and the EU are delivering well-being for their people.

This Joint Statement was developed by EuroHealthNet in collaboration with a number of organisations that are part of the EU Health Policy Platform and which have endorsed the Statement. Its purpose is to send a strong message from health organisations across the EU of the urgent need for action on health equity, taken within and beyond health systems, to ensure the well-being of all EU citizens.

On the proposal by the European Commission to establish an European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR).

This Position is the overall view of EuroHealthNet, regarding the announcement in 2016 that the European Commission is considering establishment of a “European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR)”. The Position has been adopted by the EuroHealthNet Executive Board.

It is published for the attention of EU Institutions, other international organisations and a wide range of relevant stakeholders at international, national and sub national levels, to help inform them of the relevance and importance of health, equity and wellbeing in this potential development, and to raise awareness for all interested citizens and bodies on the opportunities and challenges this initiative presents.

In addition to this overall Position, EuroHealthNet will also submit and publish its specific evidence based Response related to health and social equity to the online EC Public Consultation in advance of the deadline in December 2016.

Furthermore, EuroHealthNet is engaged in dialogues as part of wider public consultation in Member States and at international levels, for example via the EU Public Health Policy Forum and Platform.

Subsequently, EuroHealthNet will contribute to public and EU Institutional debates on the anticipated “proposal” and “related initiatives” announced by the EC in its 2017 Work Programme.


3 Steps Towards Healthier Marketing




Europe faces a childhood obesity epidemic: up to a third of 11-year-olds is overweight or obese.1 Youth binge drinking is widespread and causes major harm, while nearly half the European youth used alcohol before the age of 13.2 Health problems starting in childhood often last a lifetime.

It is well-established that advertising causes changes in consumption patterns favouring the products advertised.3 Nevertheless, children and young people in Europe are still daily subjected to the aggressive marketing of alcohol and foods high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS).

The current revision of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) is the opportunity to free Europe’s children and youth from health-harmful marketing. Undersigned organisations call on Members of the European Parliament to grasp this opportunity and improve the Directive.

A new Europe for people, planet and prosperity for all

Europe is at a crossroads, and the future of European cooperation and the benefits it brings are at stake. This is about the future of our society and how we want to be viewed by the wider world. The future of our planet and the kind of Europe our children will grow up in. The current crisis highlights the urgent need to reflect on fundamental questions: how do we ensure that the European project reclaims its promise of peace, democracy and solidarity? How can Europe work for its people?

Too many people across Europe are dissatisfied and disillusioned with the European Union and feel remote from its institutions and policies. But there are groups of committed politicians, trade unions, community groups and non-governmental organisations across Europe who are ready to take action and work for a renewed Europe. Together, we can shape a Europe that is inclusive, open, just, sustainable, and that works for people of all ages, social backgrounds and nations.

Where do we go from here to build the Europe we want and need?