Social Europe & Jobs

Economy & Jobs 23-05-2019

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.
Economy & Jobs 18-04-2019

Growing number of French shocked by income inequality

A new poll in France has revealed that income inequalities are among the least acceptable social factors. More than 90% of French respondents call for the minimum wage to be raised. EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France reports.
Economy & Jobs 18-04-2019

Germany’s new workers are cause for Bosnia’s shrinking population

When a Bosnian politician announces the creation of 100,000 new jobs, we joke in Bosnia that half of these will be abroad. With Germany’s new regulation on the immigration of skilled workers, an increased number of people could reach Germany- this will have consequences for Bosnia. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 15-04-2019

Employees are particularly unhappy in Germany

Excessive demands, different salary expectations and insufficient flexibility: despite the well-functioning economy, the satisfaction of employees in German companies is falling like in no other European country.  EURACTIV Germany's media partner Wirtschaftswoche reports.
Economy & Jobs 12-04-2019

French middle-class under pressure, according to OECD

Soaring housing prices, budget under pressure, automation. In its latest report, the OECD paints an alarming picture of the French middle class. EURACTIV France’s media partner La Tribune reports.
Economy & Jobs 12-04-2019

Brexit chaos stirs fears for Bulgaria seasonal farm workers

The 960 inhabitants of the Bulgarian village of Brashten, nestled in the hills and forests on the Greek border, don't normally pay much heed to international politics.
Economy & Jobs 11-04-2019

‘Neoliberal monster’: Germans urge EU to shake off its bad image

As many as 78% of Germans say economic inequality between EU member states damages Germany. And two-thirds consider a need for EU reform, with a greater focus on social issues, according to a new survey. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 11-04-2019

Clean energy transition ‘is a social policy issue’, Poles insist

The social policy dimension was largely overlooked when the European Union decided energy and climate change objectives for 2030, Poles have warned, calling on policymakers to endorse a “just transition fund” to support the country's coal phase-out.
Economy & Jobs 05-04-2019

EU lawmakers give green light to strengthening parents and carers’ rights

The European Parliament backed on Thursday (4 April) the work-life balance directive, which introduces a set of minimum standards to help reconcile work and family responsibilities for parents and carers in Europe, and thus improve gender equality. 

Setback for Macron as court vetoes key plank of anti-protest law

French President Emmanuel Macron's crackdown on anti-government protests with tougher police tactics hit a fresh snag on Thursday (4 April) as France's Constitutional Court canned one of the central elements of the new rules.
EU Elections 2019 02-04-2019

EU elections: 85,000 Germans will not be able to vote

Hundreds of thousands of people in need of full-time care in 16 member states will be excluded from voting in the European elections in May. In Germany, a dispute on this matter arose some time ago, but it remains unlikely that the electoral laws will change before the elections. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 29-03-2019

Basic income: the meaning of unpaid work

The German crowdfunding project "Mein Grundeinkommen” (my basic income) has already funded 300 people who have benefitted from a monthly income of €1,000 for a year and 13 Departments in France are eager to introduce such a financial subsidy. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 29-03-2019

Family benefits: Austria in dispute with the EU

Since the beginning of the year, Austria has been working towards adapting family allowances to the costs of living of the employee’s home countries. The EU criticised the government of Vienna – but it has countered. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 28-03-2019

Austria plans €1.50 hourly wages for asylum seekers

The Austrian government wants to introduce a uniform hourly wage of €1.50 during the first three months following an asylum application. However, opposition parties and charities vehemently oppose this. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 01-03-2019

Gender balance in the workplace: ‘Not a women’s issue anymore’

The work-life balance directive is only a few steps away from becoming law after the European Parliament and EU member states reached political agreement in January. The new rules will boost women’s representation in the workplace while securing at least 10 days of paid parental leave for fathers.
Economy & Jobs 21-02-2019

German bill to tackle undeclared work and child benefit fraud

German finance minister Olaf Scholz has presented a bill for German customs to be given more employees and powers. EURACTIV Germany’s media partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Economy & Jobs 21-02-2019

Europeans confident about their future jobs… but not their education

A majority of young Europeans (77%) feel well prepared for the labour market of the digital era, but they are also very critical about how their national education systems prepare them, a survey published on Thursday (21 February) revealed.
EU Elections 2019 20-02-2019

French people make ‘social Europe’ proposals in workshops ahead of EU elections

When consulted at a workshop on the future of “social Europe” after the European elections, French people were ambitious on social issues. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 14-02-2019

Europe creates labour watchdog to fight against abuses

The European Parliament and member states have reached an agreement to set up a new European Labour Authority (ELA) to protect workers’ rights and launch cross-border investigations in case of potential abuses.
Economy & Jobs 06-02-2019

‘Citizens do not see Europe as an answer to social challenges’

In the run-up to the European elections, the social dimension of Europe remains a great unknown to European citizens. EURACTIV France reports.

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