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Transport 31-07-2020

Germany tops up holiday voucher fund with €840m

German holidaymakers received a summer consolation prize on Friday (31 July) when the European Commission approved a government scheme aimed at helping travel operators guarantee replacement vouchers for cancelled trips.
Economy & Jobs 15-07-2020

National recovery plan, taxes, subsidised contracts… Macron’s three economic priorities

In a Bastille Day interview with French media on Tuesday (14 July), President Emmanuel Macron detailed his economic orientation for the final two years of his five-year term. EURACTIV's media partner Ouest-France reports.
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Economy & Jobs 15-07-2020

Make Child Poverty History

Eurochild President H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca urges EU leaders to act against #childpoverty at the upcoming EU Council meeting on 17-18 July 2020 on the EU’s recovery plan from #Covid-19 and its long-term budget. H.E. Coleiro Preca leads the pan-European...
Transport 09-07-2020

MEPs bless Mobility Package without fuss

Members of the European Parliament signed off on updated trucking rules on Thursday (9 July) without accepting any amendments to the reform package that Central and Eastern European countries had pushed for.
Economy & Jobs 29-06-2020

Moment of truth for the Youth Guarantee

The Youth Guarantee scheme will be relaunched this week and the Commission must  learn from the mistakes of its first run, argue Ludovic Voet and Tea Jarc.
Economy & Jobs 25-06-2020

Staying on course during the storm – EU tools for a sustainable future

The proposed EU recovery plan aims to keep our economies afloat, but it is vital not to lose sight of the journey towards a more sustainable economy, write Sirpa Pietikäinen, Bas Eickhout and Paul Tang.
Economy & Jobs 24-06-2020

Lack of strategy leaves Bulgaria last in terms of digital performance

For a second consecutive year, Bulgaria is ranked last among all 27 EU members in the European Commission’s Digital Economy and Society Index, despite having a powerful IT sector, concentrated mostly in the capital Sofia.
Economy & Jobs 23-06-2020

Fair treatment of Europe’s cross-border workers

A truly integrated EU labour market cannot exist without a fair level of coordination for social security, writes Dragoș Pîslaru, who insists that Europe must learn the lessons of the COVID-19 crisis.
Economy & Jobs 21-06-2020

Homelessness cannot be just another ‘Fact of Life’ in the EU

Homelessness is increasing across the EU. It's time for the Commission and governments to turn the tide, write Nicolas Schmit, Ana Mendes Godinho and Yves Leterme.
Economy & Jobs 19-06-2020

Protecting the seasonal workers in Europe

If we have fresh strawberries on our table these days, if we can enjoy delicious asparagus from our fields, it is thanks to the people who work outside. Quite often, they are seasonal workers, and we have to protect them, write Dan Nica and Jens Geier.
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Economy & Jobs 17-06-2020

How will we travel tomorrow? Discover the world after COVID-19

How do we come out of this crisis as a society that has learned from its errors and difficult moments? How do we achieve balance between urgent sustainability and economic recovery?
Economy & Jobs 17-06-2020

Commissioner Schmit: The future of Europe is not low wages, insecure jobs

The EU is facing the worst recession in history as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. To ensure that the crisis does not turn into a social emergency, the bloc must address issues like job security, minimum wages, or youth opportunities, the Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, told EURACTIV in an interview. 
Economy & Jobs 12-06-2020

Freelance interpreters denounce ‘humiliating’ offers by EU institutions

With no practical solution on the horizon, freelance interpreters in the European institutions, stranded in the wake of the COVID pandemic, are continuing protests in the hope of improving their status. EURACTIV Bulgaria keeps following the story as it unfolds.
Economy & Jobs 10-06-2020

Germany relaxes restrictions on seasonal workers

The German government on Wednesday (11 June) eased entry restrictions for seasonal farm workers that were first introduced to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.
Economy & Jobs 04-06-2020

Key EU workers – interpreters – left on brink of survival during COVID

The lack of physical meetings during the COVID-19 lockdown has been devastating for nearly 1,200 freelance interpreters in the European institutions who struggle to make ends meet.
Economy & Jobs 04-06-2020

Commission continues with EU minimum wage push, using coronavirus momentum

The European Commission insists that minimum wages ensuring workers across the EU earn a decent living are crucial to the coronavirus recovery and on Wednesday (3 June) launched a new round of consultations with social partners.
Economy & Jobs 04-06-2020

An EU minimum income framework is an urgent safety net after Covid-19

The upcoming German EU presidency intends to take up an initiative for an EU framework for minimum income systems. Shannon Pfohman looks at what this should look like.
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Economy & Jobs 29-05-2020

Not in Education, Employment or Training… and locked out of the labour market

The coronavirus outbreak is causing major disruptions for those who are outside mainstream educational programs across Europe. While many have managed to turn to distance learning, those not in education, employment or training (NEETs) are even more excluded from support schemes.
Economy & Jobs 22-05-2020

Helping disengaged young people in times of pandemic

A European-wide project was supporting young disengaged when the COVID-19 outbreak started. EURACTIV has spoken to the organizers about how they adapted to challenging circumstances. 
Economy & Jobs 20-05-2020

Commission warns against the risk of the COVID19 becoming a social crisis

The economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic has hit the European economy hard, but not equally across all countries and sectors, and the fragmentation could lead to a social crisis, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights Nicolas Schmit warned on Wednesday (20 May). 
Economy & Jobs 18-05-2020

Across EU, temporary layoff schemes no cure-all in slow COVID recovery

Temporary unemployment schemes operating across Europe could struggle to save the jobs of leisure and travel sector workers facing drawn-out or partial recoveries from the COVID-19 pandemic, even if they help industries that rebound quickly.
Climate change 15-05-2020

Beware of jobs vs. climate clash in virus aftermath, EU warned

Governments in Europe and beyond should pay “utmost attention” to avoid a “jobs versus climate” confrontation in the recovery phase from the COVID-19 crisis, said Fatih Birol, the executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Economy & Jobs 04-05-2020

EU Parliament becomes shelter for vulnerable women during COVID-19 crisis

A European Parliament office in the Brussels city centre has been turned into a temporary centre for particularly vulnerable women affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Parliament staff are also cooking meals for charities and driving medical workers around, as part of efforts to help local authorities.
Politics 02-05-2020

Portuguese workers leave home to celebrate coronavirus-style Labour Day

Hundreds gathered in Portugal's capital Lisbon on Friday to celebrate Labour Day, observing strict social distancing rules in a smaller-than-usual event to show solidarity with those left jobless due to the coronavirus outbreak.
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