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Setting up the European social economy to thrive

From idealism to action. Now, for the first time, the social economy and social investment have a seat at the EU’s policy table.
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European Association Summit – 10 editions of constant evolution

The European Association Summit has celebrated its 10th edition. A gathering aimed at education, networking, and discovery keeps being a strong signal that Brussels is the world’s capital of international associations and that it is a perfect ground for fruitful projects and connections.

It’s time for the EU to be closer to people

Giving cities and regions more power in the EU decision making process would help incorporating criticism of the EU more productively and thus be a good strategy against further alienation between the EU and its citizens, argues Apostolos Tzitzikostas.

No time to lose: EU focuses on vocational skills to deliver green transition

The European Commission is helping member states, companies, and workers to prepare for the massive effort of the green and digital transitions via a number of initiatives and platforms, with a particular focus on the labour market and vocational training. Commissioners Nicolas Schmit and Margaritis Schinas provide more details.
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SGI Europe: The EU institutions need to deliver on the outcomes of the Conference on the Future of Europe

With the Conference on the Future of Europe, the EU has completed a historical exercise of participatory democracy. Bringing together institutions, citizens, social partners and civil society, it provided feedback on our joint actions. And should lead to improving our common project.
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Excise hikes must be avoided to allow for a speedy post-Covid recovery

Though there may be a budding optimism that the worst impacts of the COVID crisis are over, for the many businesses put on ice by pandemic restrictions, the thaw will be long and gradual.

Inflation: The high price of Europe’s dependence on fossil fuels

The current rise in inflation is being driven by a rise in fossil fuel prices, and a tightening of the monetary policy by the European Central Bank (ECB) would not help against high prices and might even come at a great cost to the economy, argues Ernest Urtasun.

The Brief – Don’t bank on an ECB rescue from stagflation

Central banks in Europe always used to be dull institutions run by dull men in double-breasted suits, but over the last 15 years, they have acquired a reputation for interventionism.
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Platform work: Walking the line between technological innovation and protecting workers’rights

Balanced regulation is required from the proposed EU Directive on platform work to ensure the best outcome for platforms and workers alike. The diversity within the platform economy merits a considered and flexible approach to classifying labour.
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Financing the digital transition

The tragic war in Ukraine – and the many direct consequences it has on the whole European continent – naturally puts any other political priority into perspective. Nonetheless, the shockwave of the ongoing humanitarian, geopolitical and economic crisis reinforces rather...
Batteries 25-03-2022

Responsible sourcing of raw materials vital as fossil fuel era ends

Robust regulation is needed at EU-level to ensure that workers and the environment are protected during the extraction of battery metals, write Mark Dummett and Julia Poliscanova.
The US administration has hit out at calls in the EU for personal data to be localized on the bloc and thus avoid having to be transferred to third countries, following a ruling from the European Court of Justice last year in the famed Schrems II case.

Ties with Europe are America’s geo-economic base

US President Joe Biden travelled to Europe this week amid signs that the transatlantic economy is proving remarkably resilient to disruptions generated by Putin’s war on Ukraine, the pandemic, congested supply chains, and energy price spikes, writes Dan Hamilton.
Europe's East 15-03-2022

Against Russia and China, freedom should be the new business bottom line

You can’t get a Happy Meal any longer in Russia after McDonald’s closed shop. The latest apps are barred from the Apple store and a swath of international and European businesses are grinding their operations to a halt after Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, writes Jonas Parello-Plesner.
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Towards more dynamic, inclusive and resilient labour markets in Europe

European social partners for the agency work sector propose recommendations to make European labour markets more dynamic, inclusive and resilient, in the aftermath of the changes that the Covid-19 pandemic has reinforced and accelerated.

Europe must do whatever it takes to save Ukraine

A group of ten European economists have signed a joint call urging EU leaders to impose further sanctions against Russia and restrain Moscow's actions in Ukraine without resorting to military means.

Before considering new debt, Europe should make full use of its common debt

Rather than issuing new debt to deal with the economic consequences of the war in Ukraine and to build a “European defence,” the EU should transform the residual loans of the Recovery and Resilience Facility into immediate transfers and grants to member states, argues Jérôme Creel.

Britain and Europe must engage with key emerging markets

The Russian invasion of the Ukraine will destabilise world trade just recovering from the pandemic. That means that the EU and UK should pursue new economic partnerships, argues Geoffrey Van Orden.
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On the copper industry’s commitment to social responsibility

While regulations are a key component to ensure sustainable corporate due diligence, members of the International Copper Association have been early movers in prioritising these concerns in their operations.

Fit for 55: A stepping stone or a stumbling block?

The path towards the digital and green transitions must be carefully charted and all legislation proposals within the Fit for 55 framework undergo a thorough competitiveness check to retain public and business support, argues Stefano Mallia.
Competition 24-02-2022

The end of European naivety

The COVID pandemic has brought home the reality of the need for Europe to strengthen its industrial and technological base, write Raül Blanco and Maria Trallero.

Join forces at EU level for sustainable international supply chains

European business and union leaders need to work together to foster sustainable international supply chains, write Petra Bolster-Damen, Piet Fortuin, and Ingrid Thijssen.

High stakes for the future of European sustainable corporate governance

Europe needs a Copernican Revolution in corporate behaviour in order to tackle both the climate crisis and social disparities, write Wojciech Baginski and Katie Hill. To do that, the EU should start with clarifying the fundamentals of corporate law, they argue.

The digital euro concerns the whole society, not only finance

While the development of a digital euro offers new opportunities for Europe, they can only be seized if civil society can take part in this discussion, argue Tristan Dissaux, Jézabel Couppey-Soubeyran, and Wojtek Kalinowski in an opinion piece signed by more than 100 scholars and NGOs.
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The high cost of ignoring illicit trade

When China imposed a lockdown on the city of Wuhan and its 11 million residents in January 2020, few could imagine the global turmoil that would follow. The deserted streets and fear that characterized the start of the COVID-19 pandemic...