Social Europe & Jobs

Economy & Jobs 20-10-2017

France and Poland hope for posted workers breakthrough

After this week's European Council summit in Brussels, EU leaders are already preparing for their next meeting, which will take place in Sweden next month and focus on social issues. It's a divisive area and member states still have one major hurdle in their way before they reconvene.

Digital 19-10-2017

What is next for eGovernment ?

This year the Estonian EU Presidency is putting eGovernment at the forefront of discussions leading up to a Tallinn Declaration. Estonia is ranked number 1 in the EU and has emerged as a global leader in eGovernment operations.

Agrifood 19-10-2017

Farmers call for investment to make rural areas ‘worth living in’

Europe needs to address the rural exodus with policies and investments that make farming an attractive career choice. But political uncertainty over the bloc’s agricultural policy is keeping investors away, experts said at an event organised by EURACTIV in Brussels on Tuesday (17 October).

Future EU 18-10-2017

TOGETHER for a stronger, progressive family!

Socialism still has a long way to go. But following recent elections in various European countries, it is clear that progressive forces must regenerate themselves, write Gianni Pittella and Sergei Stanishev. Gianni Pittella is the president of the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament, and Sergei Stanishev is the president of the Party of European Socialists. Our values of …

Economy & Jobs 18-10-2017

Navracsics: Education policy is tomorrow’s economic policy

Europe's future schools need to be more skills-oriented. Faced with falling education expenditure, member states need to keep focused on their education policy goals to ensure returns on investment, according to EU Education Commissioner Tibor Navracsics.

Competition 18-10-2017

MEPs reach compromise on posted workers

MEPs adopted the equal pay for equal work principle but the maximum time posted workers are allowed abroad remains unanswered. EURACTIV France reports.

Economy & Jobs 17-10-2017

Change on the horizon for social rights?

Real progress to eradicate poverty and promote social justice for all is within the grasp of the EU, but it will take ambitious political commitment at November’s Social Summit to make gains in reaching a truly social Europe, explain Jana Hainsworth and Luis Alvarado Martinez.

Central Europe 16-10-2017

Bulgarian MEPs discuss EU’s future, dissect Juncker, Macron speeches

The European Movement and the Union of European Federalists held a discussion on Friday (13 October) in Sofia on the EU’s future with three prominent Bulgarian MEPs from three different political forces.

Digital 13-10-2017

Zurich boss: ‘We need to look at protection, savings and retirement together’

Amid growing social inequalities and the digital transformation of the economy, Zurich’s Gary Shaughnessy believes public officials, employers and insurers should all cooperate to provide protection to the most vulnerable groups.

Economy & Jobs 13-10-2017

City leader: Europe must simplify rules to help cities become more resilient

Europe is moving in the right direction in helping its cities become more resilient and sustainable, but the EU must streamline its myriad regulations and requirements to move the process along, the leader of an international NGO pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation told EURACTIV.com. Michael Berkowitz, the president of 100 Resilient Cities, also said …

Economy & Jobs 06-10-2017

Corporate greed: The enemy of decent work  

Decent work needs to be at the top of everyone’s agenda – working people, employers and governments. Decent work is the foundation of a decent life, the opportunity to earn a living and make a contribution to the community, writes Esther Lynch.

Economy & Jobs 05-10-2017

Commission adopts proposal to improve apprenticeships in EU

The European Commission adopted on Thursday (5 October) a proposal aiming to improve the conditions and outcomes of apprenticeships for young people across the block, in the hope that it will facilitate their job search later.

Economy & Jobs 03-10-2017

Food expert: There is a link between poverty and unhealthy diets

Working class people are being harmed as companies abandon free lunch programs, according to food and health policy expert Dr Martin Caraher.

Economy & Jobs 02-10-2017

Policymakers push for healthy eating choices at lunchtime

It can be easy to make the wrong food choices during your lunch break. But policymakers are trying to make lunchtime a more satisfying, healthy experience for employees.

Economy & Jobs 02-10-2017

EU eyes corporate rules shake-up with law on seat transfer

The European Commission is preparing a new directive on the cross-border transfer of company seats, a move that could have far-reaching implications for other areas of corporate governance, including tax planning and cross-border mergers, EURACTIV has learned.

Economy & Jobs 02-10-2017

‘Working’ toward healthy eating

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People want healthy food. The question for policymakers now is, how do you make it most easy and cost-effective for them to get that food?

Economy & Jobs 29-09-2017

An EU-wide mobility scheme for employees from SMEs taking shape

A recent pilot project for the exchange of employees between SMEs in the EU has shown promising results and the Commission is pondering an expanded, EU-funded exchange scheme for its next budget. A broader scheme on employee mobility, based on the MobiliseSME pilot project, is being elaborated by DG Employment and could indeed be included …

Economy & Jobs 29-09-2017

Commission official: “There could be an interest in exchanges for SMEs employees”

Christian Wigand, European Commission spokesperson for employment, speaks about the benefits and challenges of MobiliseSME, an exchange programme for SME employees. He believes the programme could provide added value for some companies but the challenge will be to demonstrate the benefits for the host company of the workers.

Economy & Jobs 26-09-2017

An Erasmus for SMEs to support the economy

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Click here to download this Special Report. Building on the success of a first pilot project, the European Commission and SMEs explore the idea of a mobility programme to increase companies’ exports.

Economy & Jobs 26-09-2017

How does business thrive in a disrupted world? Through women’s leadership at all levels

Across Europe, women represented 24% of corporate board members in 2015, according to Credit Suisse, up from a 14% average in 2010. It’s an encouraging sign that women are rising to the uppermost leadership positions, writes Clara Gaymard.

Elections 25-09-2017

Protest vote drives Germans into arms of AfD

The Alternative for Germany (AfD) party entering the German parliament for the first time eclipsed the historically bad results of the country’s Grand Coalition members. But what is behind the AfD’s rise to becoming Germany’s third-strongest party? EURACTIV Germany reports. After last year’s Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s victory, the political landscape was supposed …

Economy & Jobs 20-09-2017

Falling youth unemployment is not a reason for complacency

Europe needs to better integrate young people into the labour market if it is to address youth unemployment effectively, writes Denis Pennel.

Economy & Jobs 19-09-2017

With age(ing) comes wisdom: Shifting the debate on living longer

Ministers and experts from more than 50 countries meet in Lisbon this week for a major conference on “realizing the potential of living longer”. Olga Algayerova explains why Europe must carefully review what living longer means for how we live and work together.

Economy & Jobs 19-09-2017

Youth (un)employment: What challenges and solutions for Europe?

Youth unemployment is a complex phenomenon affecting millions of young Europeans, their communities and the future of all Member States.