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Digital 10-11-2020

European Vocational Skills Week: jobs for the future through VET

Today, the green and digital transitions are reshaping our way of life, work and interactions – and the COVID-19 outbreak has dramatically accelerated most of these changes. Nicolas Schmit is the European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights. The impact...
Economy & Jobs 12-10-2020

For a European Semester that addresses inequalities

The European Semester will play a key role in the implementation of the National Recovery Plans, to be submitted by mid-October. The reform of the Semester process was already in the pipeline but it is now essential to raise expectations and transform this coordination tool into a useful instrument able to grasp the changes affecting vital aspects of our daily life: health, education and work, writes Maria João Rodrigues and others.
Economy & Jobs 17-10-2018

Secure a social Triple A by making the Social Pillar a reality

Nearly one billion people have escaped poverty worldwide since the first #EndPoverty Day, but too many others have been left behind, even in Europe, writes Luca Jahier.
Economy & Jobs 04-05-2018

Longevity and the limits of the welfare state in Europe

In November 2017, the EU proclaimed the European Pillar of Social Rights. However, there are still many shortcomings within the current welfare state and unless policies reflect values then plummeting fertility rates or fading solidarity between young and old will persist, writes Anna Záborská.
Economy & Jobs 13-02-2018

Reinvigorating Europe by investing in its people – vital role of EU budget

The EU has set itself an ambitious social agenda in the shape of the European Pillar of Social Rights, but the biggest test will be whether decision-makers will put their money where their mouths are by providing the necessary funds, writes Jana Hainsworth.
Economy & Jobs 10-01-2018

No future of work without social innovation

Futureproof labour markets must embed social innovation, writes Denis Pennel.
Economy & Jobs 13-12-2017

An EU fund for industrial relations could strengthen Social Europe

On 17 November, EU leaders met with social partners in Gothenburg, Sweden, to discuss how to foster more and better jobs and growth in Europe. Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson, Eva Nordmark and Göran Arrius describe how the EU should now proceed.
Brexit 12-12-2017

Unions across Europe want a Brexit deal to work for working people

This week’s European Council summit looks certain to give the green light to the EU to open negotiations on a new relationship with the UK. Frances O’Grady and Luca Visentini explain what trade unions in the EU and the UK want from the future deal.
Economy & Jobs 16-11-2017

Economic and social progress are two sides of the same coin

When EU heads of state and government gather in Gothenburg to debate fair jobs and growth, it will be the first such ‘social summit’ in 20 years, writes Juan Menéndez-Valdés.
Economy & Jobs 15-11-2017

A more social Europe – no need to reinvent the wheel

This week is all about pushing forward by finally adding a “social pillar” to the EU-framework. Scandinavia has been leading the way on sustainable social models for decades – so there is no need to reinvent the wheel.
Economy & Jobs 15-11-2017

Gothenburg – hot air or a real deal?

Hats off to the Swedish Government for proposing the EU social summit that takes place on Friday, writes Esther Lynch.
Economy & Jobs 20-06-2017

We need to nurture the biodiversity of the labour market

Europe faces a work revolution. To survive, we need to heed the words of Charles Darwin and adapt and adjust to fit our changing environment, writes Denis Pennel.
Economy & Jobs 21-03-2017

Homelessness and housing exclusion have reached crisis levels in EU

With rising homelessness and housing deprivation across the European Union, now, more than ever, is the time for the Juncker Commission to bridge the disconnect with its most vulnerable citizens, writes Chloé Serme-Morin.
Economy & Jobs 02-03-2017

(Re)defining Europe necessary to navigate stormy seas of globalisation

In a globalised world, social rights offer a chance to build a fairer world. The upcoming reflection on the future of Europe is a unique opportunity to address these issues, write Claire Courteille-Mulder and Olivier De Schutter.
Economy & Jobs 28-02-2017

Taking a gamble on the European pillar of social rights

The European Pillar of Social Rights. The very name evokes something strong and dependable, upholding an overarching structure of protection. But beyond the jargon, what does it mean? Esther Lynch explains.

Why self-employment needs nurturing, not protection

The European Parliament recently voted in favour of a stronger European Pillar of Social Rights, including labour protections for all workers, “regardless of the type of contract or employment relationship”. But the report is unrealistic warns Marco Torregrossa.

A social triple A without an entrepreneurial triple A?

If Europe is serious about providing high-quality jobs and a worthy system of social protection, it must do more to help job creators: small businesses and entrepreneurs, writes Arnaldo Abruzzini.

Three principles to make or break European Pillar of Social Rights

The European Pillar of Social Rights is the European Commission’s attempt to create the social ‘triple A’ rating that its president, Jean-Claude Juncker, set as a goal of his term in office. Its success is hinged on whether the EU puts social rights at the heart of its work, writes Jana Hainsworth.

Signs of change towards Social Europe?

Progress has been made on social values, through the Commission’s Autumn Package. Fintan Farrell and Sian Jones explain what has been done and what is still left to do.

Redefining Work: The role of freelancers

The nature of work and the ways it gets done is evolving rapidly. Public policies and the business sector need to be ahead of change, and provide more targeted support to workers transitioning from employment to freelancing and back, writes Marco Torregrossa.
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