Social Europe & Jobs

Economy & Jobs 19-05-2017

Greek parliament approves more austerity to unlock bailout funds, debt relief

Greek lawmakers on Thursday (18 May) approved pension cuts and tax hikes sought by the country's lenders to unlock vital financial aid, as angry demonstrators protested outside parliament over new austerity, the latest since the country plunged into crisis seven years ago.

Economy & Jobs 17-05-2017

Immigration boosts Germany’s economy

Fear and anger aren't just election-winning tools in the United States. In Germany too, the increasing popularity of right-wing parties shows that fears about crime and job losses as a result of immigration are finding fertile ground. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Economy & Jobs 16-05-2017

Sri Lanka regains valuable EU trade concession

Sri Lanka has regained a lucrative EU trade concession it lost six years ago over concerns about human rights, mainly benefiting its garments export industry, but it will be subject to vigorous monitoring, the European Union said today (16 May).

Economy & Jobs 12-05-2017

Youth Forum takes battle against unpaid internships to court

The European Youth Forum has lodged a legal complaint over the issue of unpaid internships in Belgium. According to the organisation, just one in five interns in the country are paid.

Enlargement 11-05-2017

Spring Economic Forecast: Bullish on Serbia

Serbia is on the path to recovery, according to the Commission’s Spring 2017 European Economic Forecast. However, the reality for Serbians is still tough, despite 3.6% growth and a public debt predicted to fall under 70% GDP in 2018. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

Economy & Jobs 11-05-2017

Entrepreneurship education: Unused potential so far

In September 2015, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on promoting youth entrepreneurship. Nearly two years later, MEP Michaela Šojdrova is disappointed with the lack of progress made by the European Commission.

Economy & Jobs 10-05-2017

Central and Eastern Europe trapped in low wage spiral

Low wages have been harming Central European economies since the crisis. According to a recent study, salaries fell to below 30% of the German average while productivity grew steadily. EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune reports.

Economy & Jobs 10-05-2017

Estonia to lead debate on the future of social systems in the digital era

The upcoming rotating presidency of the EU will focus on the future of work and the role technology can play in transforming social systems in the context of the new industrial revolution.

Future EU 09-05-2017

EP comms chief insists Brexit is a ‘vaccine’ not a ‘disease’

European Parliament spokesman and communications chief Jaume Duch insists that fears Brexit would be a "disease" have not materialised and that it is in fact a "vaccine". EURACTIV Spain reports.

Economy & Jobs 09-05-2017

Macron win bolsters European moves on globalisation, eurozone

The European Commission will consider additional actions to defend European investment abroad and will call for high level of social protection to minimise the negative consequences of global trade.

Global Europe 05-05-2017

Guatemalan foreign policy chief shares progress with EU

Guatemalan Foreign Minister Carlos Raúl Morales today (5 May) highlighted his country's progress in labour and security matters during a visit to Brussels. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Enlargement 05-05-2017

Kosovo needs a new beginning

In Kosovo, far too much time has been spent on issues like border demarcation. Delivering peace instead of war is one thing but that is not enough when young people want a good education and their parents want jobs, warns Kosovar politician Kadri Veseli.

Elections 02-05-2017

Macron, Le Pen exchange May Day blows on euro, economic reforms

Centrist presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron and his far-right rival Marine Le Pen attacked each other's visions of France and the role it should play in Europe on Monday (1 May) against a background of May Day rallies and protests.

Economy & Jobs 28-04-2017

Greek SMEs vie for center stage in Juncker’s investment plan

The Greek government will try to use the Investment Plan for Europe in order to boost cash-strapped small and medium enterprises. EURACTIV Greece reports.In Greece, so-called “red” loans have exceeded €100 billion, representing 10% of all non-performing loans at EU level (€1.1 trillion).Of these, 68% belong to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). At the …

Economy & Jobs 28-04-2017

Proper voucher use will move people into labour market, EU official says

In light of recent misuse cases reported in Italy, an EU official told EURACTIV.com that vouchers, if properly used, could result in moving more people into the labour market and tackle undeclared work.

Economy & Jobs 27-04-2017

W20 Summit champions women’s interests ahead of G20

At the Women20 Summit in Berlin, female leaders from around the world discussed how to promote economic empowerment of women on the agenda of a still male-dominated G20 leadership. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Digital 27-04-2017

Taxi industry launches alliance to compete with Uber

MEPs and stakeholders yesterday (26 April) launched an organisation aiming to protect the rights of taxi drivers and improve competition against “social platforms” like US ride-hailing service Uber.

Economy & Jobs 27-04-2017

Watson: There can only be ‘losers’ from Brexit

The upcoming UK elections are unlikely to deliver enough certainty about what life will look like post-Brexit, said the former MEP and ALDE leader in an interview with EURACTIV.com, adding that no winners will emerge from the process.

Economy & Jobs 26-04-2017

App economy jobs come under Commission scrutiny

The European Commission will change an EU law on employment contracts by the end of the year in a move to create standards for precarious jobs created by online apps like Uber and Deliveroo.

Brexit 26-04-2017

Britain could lose 4,000 Deutsche Bank jobs over Brexit

Deutsche Bank could move up to 4,000 jobs away from Britain, the group's compliance chief said Wednesday (26 April), as Germany's largest lender struggles to work out the consequences of Brexit.

Economy & Jobs 26-04-2017

Commissioners promote more attractive cohesion policy

Regional Policy Commissioner Corina Crețu and Employment Commissioner Marianne Thyssen have submitted several proposals to make cohesion policy more visible and attractive.

Brexit 26-04-2017

‘Hostile Brexit’ would be lose-lose deal for jobs

UK Prime Minister Theresa May will seek a strong mandate for Brexit talks in the upcoming general election. The onus now falls on negotiators to ensure that ‘hard’ Brexit does not become a ‘hostile’ Brexit that results in mutually damaging job destruction, writes Iain Begg.

Economy & Jobs 25-04-2017

Commission to propose ten-day paternity leave

The European Commission will tomorrow propose the first EU-level legal law guaranteeing paternity leave lasting at least ten working days. The legal change, which also includes measures on parental leave on time off for people caring for sick dependents, comes as the Commission presents a 20-point list of EU social rights.

Languages & Culture 25-04-2017

Erasmus works but needs to be promoted more

The EU’s study and work abroad programmes are a boon for the economy but more should be done to ensure equality and offer opportunities to those outside university education. EURACTIV Poland reports.