Social Europe & Jobs

Economy & Jobs 12-10-2018

The EU’s patchwork social pillar on work-life balance

The patchwork of policies on work-life balance across the EU reflect differing levels of commitment to the EU's Social Pillar.
Economy & Jobs 02-10-2018

Germany to ease immigration rules to fight worker shortage

Worker-starved Germany will ease immigration rules to attract foreign jobseekers, including giving well-integrated irregular migrants in employment a shot at staying, ministers said Tuesday (2 October).
Economy & Jobs 27-09-2018

EU orders Ryanair to meet European rules on local contracts

The European Commission ordered Ryanair on Wednesday (26 September)  to respect EU rules by giving workers contracts in the country they live rather than in Ireland where its planes are registered.
Climate change 05-09-2018

Socially just energy transition for coal workers no pie in the sky, study finds

As the UN's climate chief called for more "urgency" from negotiators at the ongoing Bangkok climate talks, a new international report found that a socially just transition is already feasible for coal workers and communities, while a global decline in coal production is expected.
Economy & Jobs 03-09-2018

The Brief, sponsored by Danfoss – Germany’s powder keg

We have fallen into the trap of the far-right, as we only speak about refugees and migration, argued Wolfgang Thierse, who served as president of the Bundestag from 1998 to 2005. And he is right: the Chemnitz riots show how poverty has turned into a blasting powder keg in Germany.
Economy & Jobs 13-07-2018

Use vouchers to combat grey economy, EU report urges government

EU countries should pilot voucher schemes to assess whether they can be used to combat the grey economy, according to a new report.
Economy & Jobs 13-07-2018

France rolls out the red carpet for finance sector post-Brexit

France's prime minister presented new measures to appeal to financial circles, which are currently considering their post-Brexit options. EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune reports.
Economy & Jobs 05-07-2018

Swiss to revisit talks on full treaty with EU after summer break

Switzerland said on Wednesday (4 July) it had put further talks on a new treaty governing relations with the European Union, including sensitive labour market rules, on hold until after the summer break.
Economy & Jobs 04-07-2018

MEPs show support for Parliament interpreters

Interpreters at the European Parliament are currently on strike, but can be requisitioned in case of a session. MEPs showed their support for them on Tuesday (3 July) by switching off their microphones for 30 minutes. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Economy & Jobs 03-07-2018

Europe’s silent shift to self-employment

Self-employment is becoming more diversified in Europe and covers an increasing number of activities. But this small revolution raises issues when it comes to social protection. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Economy & Jobs 02-07-2018

Unions defend multilateral cooperation to protect workers’ rights

Over 500 representatives from across Europe gathered in Brussels last week to reflect on how unions can reshape the role of labour markets in a world where multilateral cooperation is in crisis.
Brexit 27-06-2018

Unions and businesses urge EU countries to speed up Brexit negotiations

Trade unions and employers have joined forces to urge the EU and UK to speed up Brexit talks ahead of tomorrow's European Council summit. 
Economy & Jobs 26-06-2018

Social Germany? Still a long way to equal opportunities

As EU Social Affairs ministers are currently discussing social rights in the labour market, it is striking that, especially in the welfare state of Germany, one's career still depends heavily on where one comes from. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 18-06-2018

MEPs and NGOs urge ministers to reach deal on Work-Life Balance directive

More than 3000 organisations and a group of senior MEPs have urged EU employment ministers to broker a common deal to open talks with MEPs on the Work-life Balance Directive next Thursday (21 June).

Integration through language

Five years ago, the founders of ‘Teachers on the Road’ started visiting fifty refugee homes in the German states Rhineland-Palatine and Hesse. A lot has changed since then – and not always for the better. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 15-06-2018

The Brief – An unhealthy obsession

Like the Olympics, the World Cup is one of life’s great distractions. Its enduring popularity ensures that it is also an obsession for politicians. Argentina’s military junta was so desperate to win the competition it hosted in 1978, that it...
Economy & Jobs 05-06-2018

EU needs to fight inequalities, new Spanish PM says

Spain's new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said yesterday (4 June) the European Union should be a space of economic and social cohesion and that inequalities within the bloc must be reduced.
Economy & Jobs 04-06-2018

Italy’s new leaders to ‘review’ Renzi labour reforms

Italy's new anti-establishment government will change the labour reform introduced by the previous administration, Labour and Industry Minister Luigi di Maio said.
Digital 01-06-2018

Germany only in the mid-range of digitalisation, EU index shows

As the European Commission pushes forward with digitalisation policies, its DESI-index is meant to measure how digital individual member states already are. Germany, however, is only in the midfield. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 30-05-2018

European Parliament votes in favour of the revision on posted workers

After 27 months of negotiations, MEPs approved a revision of the posted workers directive, an issue which symbolises divisions between East and West in the EU. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Energy 28-05-2018

Solar industry promises ‘jobs bonanza’ if EU lifts China duties

The European solar industry has urged the EU to end import duties on Chinese photovoltaic cells when anti-dumping measures expire in September, saying they are holding off a “jobs bonanza” in the sector.
Economy & Jobs 22-05-2018

The Brief, powered by Yara – Why Macron doesn’t care about protests

For Stephane, a Parisian shopkeeper, today’s demonstration is one too many. "It’s not good for business", he says while closing his store just before the civil servants demo arrives. Emmanuel Macron doesn’t really care though.
Climate change 18-05-2018

Trade unions take action to ensure a just transition

As climate change has increasingly tangible effects, also impacting the working environment, trade unions in Europe have signalled their intention to tackle it by taking some concrete measures.
Economy & Jobs 17-05-2018

Austria ‘declares war’ on social fraud

Freedom of services belongs to the four freedoms of the EU. Austria wants to fight its abuse with the help of digitization. EURACTIV Germany reports from Vienna.