Social Europe & Jobs

Economy & Jobs 11-12-2019

Schmit to unveil EU minimum wage proposal in January

Nicolas Schmit announced on Tuesday (10 December) that he will unveil his proposal for an EU minimum wage framework in early January, following his first Council meeting as a member of the new European Commission.
Economy & Jobs 06-12-2019

Strong mobilisation against pension reform puts French government to the test

In protest at the government's pension reform proposal, French workers staged a massive strike on Thursday (5 December), which paralysed the country. With teachers and transport sector workers expected to strike again today, this will be Macron's ultimate test. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 21-11-2019

‘Relearning’ education in the age of AI

After decades spent discussing how and what to teach in the classrooms, the focus is now turning more to implementation, experts said at the World Innovation Summit for Education conference in Doha. Education experts discussed how to reap the benefits of the digital revolution as new challenges arise in the era of artificial intelligence.
Economy & Jobs 13-11-2019

French PM eager to push for pension reform amid calls for ‘unlimited’ strikes

The French government's determination to push for pension reform does not waver in the face of mounting calls for protest by trade unions, students, teachers and the 'yellow vest' movement. EURACTIV France reports. 
Elections 07-11-2019

Pension reform helps Poland fill state coffers

Poland's government on Wednesday (6 November) approved a transfer of all state-guaranteed private pension funds to individual retirement accounts, in a move that will add 19.3 billion zloty (€4.5 billion) to state coffers strained by hefty social handouts.
Agrifood 31-10-2019

Bayer now facing 42,700 compensation claims over glyphosate

Bayer is now facing 42,700 compensation claims, mostly in US courts. CEO Werner Baumann is calling for an "economically-viable" settlement of these cases but has also announced that 12,000 jobs will be cut by the end of 2021. EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Digital skills 29-10-2019

Make the digital transition fair as well, experts warn

The world of work is changing dramatically as a consequence of the digital transformation, while the social protection systems are often not added to the new realities of the labour market, experts warned during an event hosted by EURACTIV.
Agrifood 24-10-2019

French government institute welcomes idea of a CAP supporting farmers’ jobs

In a report presented in Paris on 23 October, the government institution France Stratégie proposed to support employment in the agricultural sector rather than the amount of cultivated land. But for this to become reality, a complete overhaul of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy is needed. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 23-10-2019

EU globalisation adjustment fund should cushion Brexit consequences

On Monday (21 October), the European Parliament voted in favour of using funds from the Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) in the event of a hard Brexit to help workers of the remaining EU-27 who will have lost their jobs as a result of the UK's withdrawal. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 18-10-2019

Regions call for ambitious EU budget, Cohesion policy, better cooperation

The Conference of Peripheral Maritime regions (CPMR) was set to adopt a Manifesto on the future of the EU negotiations on Friday (18 October) calling for more support to Europe's regions, an ambitious budge supporting a sustainable economic agenda and no cuts in the Cohesion policy.
Economy & Jobs 24-09-2019

Thomas Cook collapse will put new EU directive to the test

The collapse of Thomas Cook, the world's oldest travel company, will put the new EU Package Travel Directive to the test. Although the directive allows for the repatriation of holidaymakers, refunds for trips already booked are not guaranteed. EURACTIV France reports.

One in two Germans against increased migration, study says

A growing number of Germans believe migrants drive wages down and burden the welfare system, according to a study analysing the attitude of Germans towards foreigners before and after the 2015 refugee crisis. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 15-07-2019

OECD calls on members to speed up reforms, focus on innovation

In its annual growth report, the OECD painted a gloomy picture: rising inequalities, slowing growth and strong headwinds for the global market economy, notably because of trade wars. EURACTIV Germany summarised the OECD's recommendations for Europe.
Economy & Jobs 11-07-2019

Increasing solidarity between women – a tool against insecurity in Europe

Many women in Europe still live in precarious conditions. To deal with this, solidarity between women is an essential tool, according to participants of the conference "Elles font bouger l'Europe" (Women make Europe move). EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 05-07-2019

Digitalisation is a threat as much as an opportunity for workers, experts say

While digitalisation offers more flexible forms of work, it can also be a threat to well-being and encroach on work-life balance, policymakers warned during an event organised by EURACTIV.
Economy & Jobs 02-07-2019

To promote social cohesion, conflicts need to be part of the debate

Community and belonging - what do these terms mean in an increasingly diverse and identity-focused world? At the Young Europeans' Forum 2019 that took place in Berlin in June, young people discussed what makes a good society and how social cohesion can be promoted at an individual level. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 19-06-2019

One third of trade unionists voted for the far-right at last EU election

The European social contract is broken and inclusive economic policies should be on the top of the next European Commission's agenda, policymakers said at the Brussels Economic Forum on Tuesday (18 June). 
Health 06-06-2019

Cocaine trafficking reaching record highs, says EU drug agency

Cocaine seizure in the EU reached record highs in 2017 and the trafficking of synthetic drugs has also increased, according to this year's European Drug Report. A closer look into Berlin's drug help centre shows how drug consumption is linked to mental health. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 04-06-2019

The candidates’ cards on the table for hosting the EU Labour Authority

The European Commission published last week its assessment of what the four candidates offered for hosting the newly formed European Labour Agency. Now the ball is in the member states’ court and their decision will be known on 13 June. EURACTIV looked into the offers.

EU election 2019: What next for Social Europe?

In November 2017, the European Commission launched the European Pillar of Social Rights, which resulted in 25 legislative initiatives. Ahead of the EU elections this week, EURACTIV looks at what the main political parties have on offer for social Europe.
EU Elections 2019 07-05-2019

Timmermans calls on all EU members to adopt minimum wage

European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans on Monday (6 May) called for each EU member to have a minimum wage equivalent to 60% of its median salary to reduce the bloc's growing wealth gap.
Economy & Jobs 26-04-2019

Solutions from Vienna to address Europe’s housing crisis

Apartments in Europe are becoming more and more expensive and tensions on the market are rising. A European Citizens' Initiative is now calling for a better framework to be developed at EU level to allow  public investment in social and affordable housing to no longer be qualified as new debt. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 19-04-2019

Social security reform postponed until next European Parliament

Deep divisions among MEPs made it clear on Thursday (19 April) that the social security coordination directive, aimed at enforcing the rights of mobile workers, would be postponed for the next European Parliament, after May's EU elections.
Economy & Jobs 19-04-2019

MEPs approve the creation of the European Labour Authority

On Tuesday (16 April), MEPs approved the creation of a European Labour Authority, as well as several positions that favour the rights of European workers and combat social dumping. But major changes still need to be made. EURACTIV France reports.

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