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Agrifood 22-10-2018

In Lorraine, the European Social Fund supports organic market gardening

Job-seekers are getting into organic vegetable farming in Courcelles-Chaussy in eastern France, as dreams of a healthier lifestyle and demand for organic products convinces people to go back to the fields. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 31-05-2018

Commission defends Cohesion-European Semester link, with suspended payments option

The Commission rushed on Wednesday (30 May) to defend its proposal on linking Cohesion Policy programmes with structural reforms in the European Semester, after MEPs and networks of regions and cities voiced concerns about the possible impact on Cohesion’s initial objectives to help less developed regions.
Politics 30-05-2018

Brace for impact: Parliament starts scrutinising EU’s regional budget reform

EURACTIV gathered a first round of reactions to the European Commission's proposal to reform the EU's €373 billion regional funding programme as part of the bloc’s 2021-2027 budget. One thing is certain: the proposed cuts will be a major issue of dissent in the European Parliament.
Future EU 29-05-2018

Ending child poverty requires financial backing

When one in four children in the EU is growing up at risk of poverty and social exclusion, investing in children is an economic necessity as much as a moral imperative, writes Jana Hainsworth.
Economy & Jobs 24-05-2018

Czech social entrepreneur offers disadvantaged people a chance

Profit is not the only reason to start a business. There are enterprises in Europe whose aim is to help other people, usually the less fortunate ones, with their career.
Health 23-05-2018

Raising awareness of disabilities through sporting Intégrathlon

Since 2009, the Intégrathlon has challenged preconceived ideas about disabilities with sports events organised in five towns in Seine-Saint-Denis. EURACTIV.fr went to Tremblay-en-France, one of the cities at the heart of this year’s project.
EU Priorities 2020 23-02-2018

EU budget post 2020: Fortress Europe or a budget for working people?

One of the main discussion points of the  informal summit in Brussels on 23 February is the EU's post-2020 long-term budget, however the topics to be debated on the matter are limited and do not take into account the Pillar of Social Rights, writes Thiébaut Weber.
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.

Grassroots solidarity against EU-wide rise in hate crimes

Hate speech, racist acts, anti-Semitic violence, and assaults on LGBT people: in recent years, discriminatory violence has skyrocketed. Local actors in Europe are making the most of their imagination to face them. EURACTIV France reports.
Brexit 31-08-2017

UK regions left ‘hoping’ for funds after Brexit

Britain has guaranteed funding for beneficiaries of EU regional funds until the end of the current EU budget in 2020. But for the leaders of many research, education and employment programmes, life after Brexit is still a source of anxiety.

EU Social Fund brings progress despite low expectations

The European Social Fund has reached half of all EU workers and helped 10 million citizens find jobs. Contrary to the popular wisdom, the social situation in Europe is improving. EURACTIV France reports.
Climate change 29-01-2016

EU funds still used to subsidise fossil fuels in Eastern member states

The countries of Eastern and Central Europe rarely use their EU funding for energy transition projects, instead using the money to entrench their dependence on fossil fuels. Our partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
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Economy & Jobs 06-03-2015

“We need a European social dialogue,” Schulz says

"If we want a social market economy in Europe, we need a European - I repeat - a European social dialogue," said European Parliament president Martin Schulz on Thursday during a high level conference on social dialogue in Brussels.

Commission seeks to revive battered social dialogue

In a move to give new impetus to social partners’ relations, seen as instrumental in the new economic governance set up, the European Commission launched on Thursday (5 March) a new start for social dialogue.

EU debates value of emergency jobless fund

European ministers are proposing to stretch a fund for workers laid off as a result of globalisation to include those hit by the economic crisis, but want to slash its budget by two-thirds, says the MEP overseeing the fund.

Is the European social enterprise agenda losing steam?

Lobbyists and vested interests have tended to hijack the European Commission's expert group on Social Entrepreneurship, put together by DG Internal Market. But the EU Executive has already scored some points and still has cards left to play, writes Filippo Addarii. 
Future EU 03-10-2012

EU budget runs dry on youth, education and research

The European Commission will present a proposal for a supplementary budget for 2012, probably on 23 October, as EU coffers ran empty for programmes that include priority areas such as education, youth and research.
Regional Policy 12-05-2011

Regions want EU funds to back social innovation

Representatives of regions and cities are calling on the European Commission to focus EU funds on supporting new approaches to meeting social needs.

Andor: ‘We have to do more’ to fight poverty

Looking beyond the 2010 European Year for combating poverty and social exclusion, Employment and Social Policy Commissioner László Andor says the EU and its member states must keep working to find new and more effective ways to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged groups. He spoke to EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

Andor: ‘We have to do more’ to fight poverty

Looking beyond the 2010 European Year for combating poverty and social exclusion, Employment and Social Policy Commissioner László Andor says the EU and its member states must keep working to find new and more effective ways to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged groups. He spoke to EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Regional Policy 22-11-2010

Poverty reduction is ‘key priority’ for future EU funding

Poverty reduction should be one of the main priorities of the EU's regional policy in the coming decade, according to László Andor, the EU commissioner responsible for employment, social policy and inclusion. Meanwhile, NGOs are concerned that member states' efforts to balance national budgets are pushing more Europeans into poverty.
Regional Policy 18-11-2010

Regions reject linking EU funds to budget rules

Local government leaders have spoken out against plans by the European Commission to suspend the payment of EU funds to countries that fail to rein in their national budget deficits and keep a lid on public debt levels. They claim that it is unfair to punish regions for decisions taken at national level.
Regional Policy 06-10-2010

Budapest Mayor: Cutting regional funds could harm EU social equality

Any future cuts in EU regional funds could damage the ability of local and regional bodies to balance economic development with vital social and environmental changes, according to outgoing Budapest Mayor Gabor Demszky.
Regional Policy 06-10-2010

Cutting EU funds could harm growth, says Budapest mayor

Future cuts in EU regional funds could damage the ability of local and regional bodies to balance economic development with vital social and environmental changes, outgoing Budapest Mayor Gabor Demszky told EURACTIV in an interview.