Social Europe & Jobs

Economy & Jobs 18-01-2022

The EU needs to respect different labour market models

Swedish trade unions cannot support EU wage legislation, and the issue risks undermining support for the EU project, argues Torbjörn Johansson.
Economy & Jobs 14-01-2022

Croatia’s population drops nearly 10 percent in a decade

Croatia's population has shrunk by nearly 10% in the last decade due to an exodus fuelled by a flagging economy, the latest census showed Friday (14 January).
Climate change 31-12-2021

Scholz wants G7 to be pioneer for climate-friendly growth, social justice

Germany wants to use its G7 presidency to develop it into a club that is pioneering in its efforts to achieve green growth and a socially just world, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said in his first New Year's address.
Economy & Jobs 29-12-2021

Spain moves to reduce ‘garbage’ temporary contracts

Spain's leftist cabinet approved Tuesday (28 December) a landmark labour law reform which aims to reduce the use of temporary contracts and boost job security.
Digital & Media 09-12-2021

EU seeks to clarify status of delivery app workers

The EU will propose a set of criteria on Thursday (9 December) to determine whether a gig worker in Europe using platforms like Uber, Bolt or Deliveroo should be considered an employee.
Economy & Jobs 08-12-2021

Deliveroo wins court battle on riders’ status in Belgium

Deliveroo riders in Belgium cannot be requalified as employees with contracts heaping social security and tax obligations on the company, a Belgian court ruled on Wednesday (8 December).
Economy & Jobs 24-11-2021

Living wages hang in the balance as MEPs try to derail Directive

The European Parliament is set to adopt a text that would be a huge step towards delivering a living wage to millions across the EU – but the directive’s future is now in question as a group of Nordic MEPs try to stop it in its tracks, writes Alva Finn.
Economy & Jobs 19-11-2021

Between flexibility and precariousness, all eyes are on Brussels’ move on platform workers

The European Commission, which is due to present its proposal on platform workers on 8 December, faces a tricky balancing act: ensuring decent working conditions while maintaining the flexibility of a booming sector.
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Economy & Jobs 19-11-2021

Danish and Swedish socialists fight against minimum wage directive

The minimum wage directive is a key policy goal for European Social Democrats, but leftist parties and trade unions in Denmark and Sweden see it as a danger for their labour market model. They have collected enough signatures to force a vote in November’s European Parliament plenary, potentially delaying the directive for months.
Economy & Jobs 18-11-2021

New business partnerships help refugee women enter the workforce

Refugee women face lower levels of employment in Europe than their male counterparts or native-born females, according to a new report from Economist Impact. In response, 25 businesses have pledged to mentor over 1,200 refugee women and help them enter the workforce.

Green jobs and the green transition: A long, bumpy but exciting journey

The green transition will profoundly impact Europe's labour markets. While a few regions will be exposed to job losses in fossil fuel-reliant sectors like coal mining, the energy transition will keep generating demand for low- and medium-skilled roles, write Maroš Šefčovič and Bertrand Piccard.
Economy & Jobs 12-11-2021

EU lawmakers vote to strengthen collective bargaining

Members of the employment and social affairs committee of the European Parliament voted on a draft EU law that aims to ensure decent minimum wage protection in the EU. Compared to the Commission’s version, MEPs strive for more ambition on collective bargaining.
Economy & Jobs 18-10-2021

Spanish government set to extend furlough schemes for one year

The Spanish government has proposed to extend temporary lay-off schemes. This system has significantly protected thousands of jobs endangered by the pandemic, only for one extra year. EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.
Electric vehicles 28-09-2021

Shift to EVs means huge ‘reskilling’ job for Europe: report

The shift to electric vehicles will force huge changes in the auto industry and require EU backing for 'reskilling' programs to help workers prepare for a zero-emission future, according to a report published on Tuesday (28 September).

Italy’s Draghi announces €3 billion package to keep energy prices down

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on Thursday (23 September) announced measures worth three billion euros to keep gas and electricity bills down this winter as power prices soar across Europe.
Electricity 23-09-2021

Why Europe is facing an energy price surge

Prices for gas and electricity are soaring in Europe as winter approaches, forcing governments to react. Here is what's behind the price increase:
Economy & Jobs 16-09-2021

EU sweetens its Blue Card for foreign professionals

The EU's Blue Card giving eligible foreign professionals the right to live and work in the bloc is being made more attractive under modifications approved Wednesday (15 September) by the European Parliament.
Energy 16-09-2021

France to boost energy vouchers as consumer bills rise

French government is considering extending the benefit of energy vouchers to more households to ease the cost of rising energy bills, the government's spokesman Gabriel Attal said on Wednesday (15 September).
Transport 19-07-2021

The rise of electric vehicles could deliver green jobs – but we need a plan

As electromobility grows, it’s triggering enormous change to the automotive sector, writes Judith Kirton-Darling. Handled right, this transition could bring Europe an unrivalled opportunity for competitive advantage and provide a future for the 14 million workers in Europe who depend directly or indirectly on the automotive industry, she argues.
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Economy & Jobs 16-07-2021

We are struggling to get out of bed, but we still demand a seat at the table

While the coronavirus pandemic has left a scar on an entire generation of young people’s mental health; a youth-led political simulation game has exposed the failure of governments to support its young people. Rebecca Gaff is a Project Assistant at...
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Politics 17-06-2021

Has Covid-19 left a ‘pandemic scar’ on young people?

The end is in sight. Restrictions are lifting and slowly but surely, we’re starting to feel ‘normal’ again. Across Europe and beyond, offices are starting to reopen, empty classrooms have welcomed back students, and spending time with family and friends...
Economy & Jobs 14-06-2021

A historic day for children growing up in poverty in the EU

Today marks a historic day for the rights of the millions of children growing up in poverty in the EU, as the EU launches an unprecedented revolutionary framework to tackle child poverty and social exclusion, write Anita Bay Bundergaard and Jana Hainsworth.

EU plans ‘climate action social fund’ to shield citizens from rising carbon prices

The European Commission will set up a fund to support vulnerable households if their fuel bills increase as a result of its plan to expand carbon pricing to transport and buildings' heating systems, the EU's climate chief said on Wednesday (9 June).
Economy & Jobs 10-06-2021

Spain presents plan to tackle soaring youth joblessness

Spain has set curbing soaring youth unemployment, which is among the highest in the European Union, as one of its main priorities for the coming years, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.