Social Europe & Jobs

Economy & Jobs 23-11-2017

Commission ready to boost cash support in humanitarian aid

The European Commission is aiming to boost the proportion of humanitarian aid it hands out as cash. But most payments are actually made by banking cards very similar to regular ATM cards.

Lambert van Nistelrooij during the EPP-hearing on the 7th Cohesion Report, 8 November 2017.
Economy & Jobs 23-11-2017

Cohesion funds can stop Europe from moving at different speeds

Cross-border and inter-regional cooperation in cohesion and research & development spending is still limited, but very much needed to prevent a multi-speed Europe writes Lambert van Nistelrooij. To unlock Europe's growth opportunities, the MEP calls for smart regional specialisation and an Innovation Pact 2.0.

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Economy & Jobs 22-11-2017

The role of teachers and school heads in improving Vocational Education and Training

The European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) is pleased to announce the forthcoming public hearing on “The role of teachers and school heads in improving the status of Vocational Education and Training".

Economy & Jobs 21-11-2017

Tackling youth unemployment and the skills gap

EU and business leaders are very keen to address the high levels of youth unemployment and the emerging skills gap across Europe by offering young people opportunities to play an active role in the European economy, writes Stefan Crets.

Economy & Jobs 21-11-2017

EU proposes two-year plan to close gender pay gap

The European Commission proposed a two-year plan on Monday (20 November) aimed at closing the gender pay gap after finding little improvement over the past five years.

Politics 17-11-2017

‘Let’s do our work’ on social policy, Juncker tells member states

Europe’s credibility hinges on national leaders agreeing social legislation that applies across the bloc, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Friday (17 November) at a summit with leaders from EU countries in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Economy & Jobs 17-11-2017

Juncker is ‘sincerely in favour of social Europe’

Jean-Claude Juncker deserves credit for making social issues a priority for the European Commission, Socialist MEP Maria Joao Rodrigues told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

Economy & Jobs 17-11-2017

Don’t let criminals ruin European mobility

As the EU Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth opens in Gothenburg, Norway is inviting the European Union to strengthen cross-border collaboration to stop the networks that illegally exploit workers, distort competition and undermine social structures, writes Erna Solberg.

Economy & Jobs 17-11-2017

Children must be at the heart of debate on Europe’s future

Most people debating the future of Europe think in economic terms. But today we must think about how children in Europe are experiencing their childhood, as that will be the biggest determining factor of our future, writes Jana Hainsworth.

Economy & Jobs 16-11-2017

Economic and social progress are two sides of the same coin

When EU heads of state and government gather in Gothenburg to debate fair jobs and growth, it will be the first such ‘social summit’ in 20 years, writes Juan Menéndez-Valdés.

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Economy & Jobs 16-11-2017

Could things be different with a social Europe?

The S&D Group has always led the fight for a Social Europe. The declaration of the European Pillar of Social Rights signed in Göteborg is a first step, but we expect concrete actions to make social rights a reality for every citizen.

Economy & Jobs 15-11-2017

A more social Europe – no need to reinvent the wheel

This week is all about pushing forward by finally adding a “social pillar” to the EU-framework. Scandinavia has been leading the way on sustainable social models for decades – so there is no need to reinvent the wheel.

Economy & Jobs 15-11-2017

Commission disregards its own SME test guidelines

SMEs account for 99% of all businesses in the EU, yet the impact legislation has on them is rarely analysed in enough depth. If we are serious about jobs and growth, this has to change, writes Arnaldo Abruzzini.

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Economy & Jobs 15-11-2017

The European Pillar of Social Rights: EU regions and cities at the forefront of implementation

In view of the rise in youth unemployment and the growing number of people at risk of poverty, the European Pillar of Social Rights must serve to make Europe more cohesive and more responsive to the social dimension of citizens' needs.

Economy & Jobs 15-11-2017

Gothenburg – hot air or a real deal?

Hats off to the Swedish Government for proposing the EU social summit that takes place on Friday, writes Esther Lynch.

Brexit 14-11-2017

Does return of EU growth weaken case for Brexit?

One of the more powerful arguments advanced in Britain by Eurosceptics – from hardline Brexit ideologues to polite rationalists who disliked many aspects of European integration - was that the European Union had a dreadful economic tale to tell this century, writes Denis MacShane.

Economy & Jobs 14-11-2017

Vocational training offers many answers to labour market challenges

Apprenticeships may not yet be universally “cool”, but their star is certainly on the rise, writes Stephan Howeg.

Economy & Jobs 10-11-2017

The intern generation needs transparency at work

Today is International Interns Day, but treating your younger staff well should be a permanent priority. And this is not just a reminder to make your intern a coffee for once. Bryn Watkins insists we should check on their development, make sure they have a decent contract and, above all, pay them.

Economy & Jobs 08-11-2017

No force will stop protectionism in Europe, most probably

Although the compromise in the field of posted workers would not be beneficial to the single market, to drastically reduce the number of posted workers would be even more catastrophic for Europe as a whole, writes Marek Benio.

Freedom of thought 06-11-2017

As populations age, time to talk about fertility

EU countries should take concrete actions to ensure that fertility treatments are reimbursed and made available irrespective of the income or place of residence of patients, writes Norica Nicolai.

Digital skills 02-11-2017

If Europe wants to lead, it needs to invest in digital skills

Northern European countries are in a strong position to reap the benefits of digitalisation, according to new research from McKinsey. But this will depend on how fast companies adopt new technologies, and how quickly people can acquire the skills needed for new, or different jobs, writes Iarla Flynn.

Development Policy 26-10-2017

Development aid at heart of EU institutions’ wrangle over EU 2018 budget

The European Parliament backed by a large majority the EU budget for 2018 on Wednesday (25 October), earning praise from NGOs for increasing funds for humanitarian and development aid. But the EU Council said it cannot accept all the MEPS' amendments.

Economy & Jobs 24-10-2017

Posted workers: Macron’s first victory in reforming the EU

After lengthy negotiations, EU member states found a compromise on Monday (23 October) on the reform of posted workers, one of the pivotal issues for the EU reform pushed by Emmanuel Macron. EURACTIV France reports.

Calls grow for ‘green clause’ in EU trade deals

There is widespread consensus on the need to level the playing field for European companies confronted with environmental and social dumping from foreign competitors. Just how hard the EU should hit on wrongdoers remains a major sticking point, however.