social europe


Greens MEP: Unpaid internships ‘unacceptable’

Nearly 100 laughing young persons gathered around Schuman Circle to protest the plight of unpaid interns on Monday (20 February).


Solidar: A basis for upwards social convergence?

Since the launch of the consultation on the European Pillar of Social Rights by the European Commission in March last year, SOLIDAR has been at the forefront of contributions to the process.


The Brief: Innovation fetish has created rubbish jobs

Few words have been so ruthlessly fetishised in Brussels as innovation, jobs and growth.

EU Social Fund brings progress despite low expectations

The European Social Fund has reached half of all EU workers and helped 10 million citizens find jobs. Contrary to the popular wisdom, the social situation in Europe is improving. EurActiv France reports.

Signs of change towards Social Europe?

Progress has been made on social values, through the Commission’s Autumn Package. Fintan Farrell and Sian Jones explain what has been done and what is still left to do.

Future EU 14-09-2016

EU-27, still strong together

As Europe begins to think in earnest about life after the UK, the future of the EU remains very much obscured. In the week leading up to the Bratislava summit, a number of think tanks have outlined what they think the historic meeting will bring, continuing with Yves Bertoncini.

Study: Inadequate and poor housing costs EU €194 billion per year

Poor housing is costing EU economies €194bn every year in healthcare, social services and lost productivity, research has found.

Philippe Maystadt
Euro & Finance 15-03-2016

Maystadt: Consensus quietly growing for eurozone budget

A consensus has emerged in Germany, France and Italy over the need to create a eurozone budget, according to Belgium’s former Minister of Finance, Philippe Maystadt. But the popularity of anti-European parties is blocking progress. EurActiv France reports.

European executive promises convergence on social rights

The European Commission wants to establish minimum social rights as part of a package due to be unveiled in Spring 2016. Paris and Berlin are exploring plans for a "social Eurogroup", the French President said. EurActiv France reports

Mr Timmermans, don’t underestimate civil society’s potential in shaping Europe’s future

As poverty and inequalities worsen in the European Union, Frans Timmermans needs to nurture the debate between European decision-makers and civil society, not criticise the intentions and effectiveness of the latter, writes Jana Hainsworth.

Striving for triple-A on social issues

Jean-Claude Juncker’s European Commission has declared its intention to put social issues further up its agenda. Yet, the European Union and its member states need to focus on more than economic growth to foster social justice in Europe, argues Natália Mazotte.

French government think tank calls for EU social reform

The French government think tank France Stratégie has called for social issues such as a common European unemployment insurance, investment and a standardised minimum wage to be tackled at the European level. EurActiv France reports

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Thyssen in successful balancing act on ‘social Europe’

The Belgian Commissioner for Social Affairs, Marianne Thyssen, came out unscathed from her parliamentary confirmation hearing yesterday (1 October), as untroubled MEPs failed to point out the EU's weakness on social issues. EurActiv France reports.

Pedro Sánchez [PSOE]
Elections 16-09-2014

Spanish socialists to vote against Juncker, Cañete

Pedro Sánchez , the Secretary General of the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE), said that the Spanish socialist MEPs will vote against the Juncker Commission, in which the country is represented by centre-right politician Miguel Arias Cañete. EurActiv Spain reports.

Dr Howard Williamson

Scientist: “A youth guarantee cannot create jobs”

Whether or not a youth guarantee will enhance employability is questionable, but it is very important to ensure that young people are given a sense of purpose in their lives, which can happen through a youth guarantee but, equally, it could be through volunteering and other opportunities, Dr Howard Williamson told EurActiv Greece in an exclusive interview.

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
Global Europe 01-07-2014

What does Europe mean to Lula?

The former Brazilian president has shared his vision for Europe, calling on the continent’s progressive forces to offer hope and perspective to the most vulnerable parts of society, rather than leave them in the far right’s hands.

‘Social Europe’ to dominate post-electoral talks

Obviously disappointed by the results but still feisty, Martin Schulz, the Social Democrat candidate for the European Commission Presidency, made it clear to his main opponent, Christian Democrat Jean-Claude Juncker, that the battle "has only just begun".

French National Assembly
Future EU 16-05-2014

French advisory body backs social harmonisation at EU level

The French Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE) has issued a call for greater fiscal and social harmonisation at the heart of the eurozone, and a more efficient social Europe. EurActiv France reports.

EU Elections 2014 20-03-2014

Belgian MEP candidate: Either the EPP goes ‘social’ or we might leave

Claude Rolin, a former Belgian trade union leader now turned candidate for the centre-right at the next European Parliament elections, says the European Peoples’ Party (EPP) needs to “find a sense of social progress”, otherwise it might see its Belgian member, the CDH, leave the group. The idea is not new among Belgian Christian Democrats.

How one-sided career advice is hampering Europe’s recovery

For many, traineeships and apprenticeships provide a first step from education to employment. But it is also a step taken relatively late, writes Chris Jones, as the real challenge is providing career advice to people before they enter the labour market.

New fund supporting the most deprived is important but insufficient

Europe is facing a social crisis that requires immediate responses as well as long term initiatives. Material support as emergency relief is needed, while long term efforts to boost social inclusion must continue, five social NGOs write.

Euro & Finance 02-01-2014

Will genuine monetary union be a fiscal or stability union?

Before Christmas (19th-20th December), European heads of state and government met in Brussels for the European Council, to discuss plans for a “genuine” Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). But what started as a promising plan appears to have been stripped-down intensively in scope, writes Björn Hacker.

Smart social policies boost EU competitiveness

Can Europe afford its social model and still be among the most competitive economies in the world? Juan Menéndez-Valdés, Director of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound), the Dublin-based EU Agency, argues that the European social model is more important than ever. 


Commission presents initiatives to strengthen EU’s social dimension

Social policy indicators such as unemployment could soon form part of the European Commission’s regular monitoring of EU countries’ economic and budgetary imbalances under plans floated by Brussels today to deepen the social dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU).