Social Europe & Jobs

Elections 25-08-2020

Finland’s PM calls for shortening working hours

Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin called for cutting the current eight-hour working day in her keynote speech to her Social Democratic Party on Monday (24 August), arguing shorter hours could be offset by increased productivity.
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.
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 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 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 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.
Politics 02-05-2020

Greek workers defy ban to mark Labour Day

Greek workers and students wearing masks and gloves lined up outside parliament to commemorate May Day, defying a government ban on movement imposed to fight the coronavirus.
Economy & Jobs 30-04-2020

The Brief, powered by IndustriAll Europe – The world of work after the COVID-19 battle 

As countries are relaxing lockdown measures and people are slowly returning to work, questions arise over what the post-COVID-19 world of work will look like, but also whether companies are prepared and able to ensure the safety of their workers...
Economy & Jobs 30-04-2020

Italy pledged aid to 2.3 million workers. Just 29,000 have got it

Looking to save lives and stop the coronavirus by shutting down the nation, the Italian government told workers in March: you stay home and we will pay most of your lost wages.
Economy & Jobs 27-04-2020

Austria’s Kurz pledges less tax for workers, more for multinationals

Austria, now easing its coronavirus lockdown, will ensure key workers pay less tax while multinationals should pay more as it seeks to accelerate the revival of its economy, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said in a televised address on Monday (27 April).
Economy & Jobs 23-04-2020

Germany agrees to more cash to shield workers, companies from coronavirus hit

Germany's coalition parties on Thursday (23 April) agreed to further measures worth some €10 billion to shield workers and companies from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Economy & Jobs 23-04-2020

Confined by lockdown, some students in France queue for donated food

Unable to work part-time jobs under the coronavirus lockdown, some students in French universities are surviving on food donated by the authorities as they struggle to meet living expenses. Queuing for food handouts has become a ritual for many students...
Economy & Jobs 20-04-2020

McKinsey predicts near doubling of unemployment in Europe

Unemployment in Europe could nearly double in the coming months, with up to 59 million jobs at risk from permanent cutbacks as well as reductions in pay and hours because of the coronavirus pandemic, estimates from consultancy McKinsey said.
Economy & Jobs 09-04-2020

Denmark dishes out salaries to virus-hit companies

Denmark has always prided itself on its "flexicurity" model that marries the free market with a welfare society, but in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has chosen another strategy.
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