Social Europe & Jobs

Economy & Jobs 27-06-2022

Is child labour at the attention of G7 leaders at all?

The leaders of the G7 group of nations should take immediate action to defend and protect the human rights and labor rights of each child, worker and farmer currently exploited, writes Fernando Morales-de la Cruz.
Aviation 21-06-2022

Europe’s summer of discontent reveals aviation sector labour crisis

The summer when air travel was supposed to return to normal after a two-year pandemic vacuum is in danger of becoming the summer when the high-volume, low-cost air travel model broke down - at least in Europe's sprawling integrated market.
Technology 09-06-2022

Platform workers: liberal, conservative MEPs align to fight centre-left’s proposal

Lawmakers from Renew Europe and European People's Party have filed similar amendments to the platform workers directive in a bid to push back against the rapporteur's draft report.
Enlargement 09-06-2022

The Open Balkan Initiative and the EU’s Minimum Wage Directive

This week on Beyond the Byline: the Minimum Wage Directive and the Open Balkan Initiative.
Economy & Jobs 07-06-2022

EU Parliament and member state negotiators agree on minimum wage directive

In a success for the French presidency of the EU Council, negotiators from the EU Parliament, member state governments, and the EU Commission reached an agreement on the minimum wage directive.
Economy & Jobs 06-06-2022

Record inflation hot topic ahead of French legislative elections

Record inflation and sluggish growth threatening the purchasing power of the French are at the heart of the political debate as elections just a few more days to go before the country goes to the polls on 12 and 19 June. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 30-05-2022

Industry employers’ boss: Companies cannot raise wages to offset inflation

Pushed by record-high energy prices, year-on-year inflation reached 7.4% in April of this year for the euro area. This is squeezing industrial companies in Europe, according to the president of Ceemet, a European tech and industry employers’ organisation.
Economy & Jobs 24-05-2022

Mixed reactions to suspension of EU fiscal rules

While EU finance ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday (23 May) discussed the pros and cons of the EU Commission’s proposal to keep the EU’s fiscal rules suspended for another year, civil society organisations used the opportunity to question the fiscal rules more fundamentally.
Economy & Jobs 23-05-2022

EU fiscal rules to be suspended for another year

Reacting to the economic consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the European Commission postponed the renewed enforcement of its fiscal rules by a year, to 2024.
Technology 23-05-2022

Platform workers: French presidency clings to criteria approach

The French Presidency of the EU Council suggests not to stray too far from the Commission's proposal regarding the determination of the status of platform workers but could share the same ambition as the European Parliament regarding algorithmic management.
Economy & Jobs 23-05-2022

The bankers of the social economy

From the EU Commission to the European Investment Fund, banks and venture capitalists, and then social enterprises, money changes hands many times before reaching its final destination.
Economy & Jobs 13-05-2022

Commissioner Schmit: You cannot make money on social services

Social economy should not be thought of as an alternative to public services, according to the European Commissioner for jobs and social rights, who nevertheless argued there was a need for a "third way" between the private, profit-oriented economy and publicly provided services that can be served by social economy.
Technology 11-05-2022

Conservatives prepare to battle on platform workers directive, rally up with industry

Conservative MEPs from the European People's Party (EPP) are preparing their counter-offensive against the rapporteur's push for tight employment protection for platform workers, joining forces with the industry.
Economy & Jobs 11-05-2022

Financing the social economy

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Defined by its mission rather than by what it produces, the social economy is a peculiar economic sector with a set of its own challenges, especially when it comes to funding. Published by the European Commission in December 2021, the...
Economy & Jobs 11-05-2022

State of play in social economy finance in the EU

Trying to push the social economy as a flourishing sector of the economy, the EU is using a variety of ways to overcome the tension at the heart of the social economy: How do you attract money to a sector that defines itself as not being about the money?
Economy & Jobs 09-05-2022

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.
Economy & Jobs 21-04-2022

Czech gastronomy upgrade critical to attract ‘demanding’ tourists

Switching to quality gastronomy combined with greening measures in restaurants will be key factors in reviving the Czech hospitality industry in the post-pandemic era, as tourists have now become more demanding in several aspects, Czech restaurants owners have told
Economy & Jobs 20-04-2022

Germany’s big scramble for Ukrainian workers

The growing shortage of skilled labour may soon threaten productivity in Germany, and Europe's biggest economy is now scrambling to make the most of well-trained Ukrainian refugees as Russia's war on Ukraine enters its third month
Economy & Jobs 14-04-2022

Paris arrondissement mayor: Pandemic ‘accelerated’ trends, challenges are here to stay

The pandemic, while not having profoundly changed Paris' neighbourhoods, has revealed certain challenges and trends that are there to stay, the mayor of Paris' 18th arrondissement, Eric Lejoindre, told EURACTIV France in an interview.
Elections 04-04-2022

French candidates disagree on retirement age, unified on pension raise

Candidates in the French presidential race all have a clear position on whether to keep, reduce or raise the current legal retirement age - a topic that has been a major source of political debate in France for decades. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 30-03-2022

EU lawmakers push for better protection of bogus self-employed

EU lawmakers quizzed the European Commission executive vice-president, Margrethe Vestager, about new guidelines that would enable self-employed people to seek the protection of collective bargaining agreements, with both sides agreeing that such a right should be guaranteed.

EU steps up workers’ protection against carcinogenic substances

On Thursday (3 March) the Council gave the final green light to an update on the EU rules on reducing workers’ exposure to carcinogens, mutagens, or reprotoxic substances, addressing the first cause of work-related deaths in Europe. 
Economy & Jobs 17-02-2022

The ‘social economy’ is about sharing power, says French minister

Before European ministers gather for an informal meeting to promote a more social and solidary economy in Paris today (17 February), the French state secretary for the social economy Olivia Grégoire fleshed out her view of the social economy in...
Health 16-02-2022

Unpaid, undervalued: Women shoulder three-quarters of the burden of EU caregiving

The majority of caregiving in the EU is done for free by women, so-called "informal carers", which further accentuates gender inequalities, according to a report by Hungarian MEP Katalin Cseh, vice-president of the Renew group.