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Economy & Jobs 26-11-2020

New EESC President: ‘Jobs do not fall from the sky’

Christa Schweng has served as the President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) since October. She has a vision, but first Europe must get through the coronavirus crisis, protecting both jobs and people.

Finnish social minister: Europe needs ‘a paradigm shift’ towards the economy of well-being

Working towards a more inclusive economic growth in Europe is one of the Finnish presidency's main priorities. Finnish minister Aino-Kaisa Pekonen lays out her vision for "the economy of well-being".
Global Europe 29-07-2019

Trade unionist: Von der Leyen has to deliver on Social Europe ‘if she wants to gain trust’

The Workers Group of the Economic and Social Committee welcomes European Commission president-elect Ursula Von der Leyen’s announcements on social policy but if she wants to be trusted, she needs to deliver, president Olivier Röpke told EURACTIV.
Economy & Jobs 11-09-2018

Domestic employment – 18 million potential jobs

Domestic services now represent eight million jobs in Europe. However, the legal vacuum surrounding these professions threatens “social Europe”, Élisabeth Morin-Chartier and  Marie-Béatrice Levaux told EURACTIV France.
Future EU 27-03-2017

SPD chairman: Austerity is an ideology, not a successful economic strategy

A victory for Martin Schulz in the German election will be a chance for Europe to bring an end to “unsuccessful” austerity policies and bring back social justice to Europe, Thomas Oppermann told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Dr Howard Williamson

Scientist: “A youth guarantee cannot create jobs”

Whether or not a youth guarantee will enhance employability is questionable, but it is very important to ensure that young people are given a sense of purpose in their lives, which can happen through a youth guarantee but, equally, it could be through volunteering and other opportunities, Dr Howard Williamson told EURACTIV Greece in an exclusive interview.
EU Elections 2014 20-03-2014

Belgian MEP candidate: Either the EPP goes ‘social’ or we might leave

Claude Rolin, a former Belgian trade union leader now turned candidate for the centre-right at the next European Parliament elections, says the European Peoples’ Party (EPP) needs to “find a sense of social progress”, otherwise it might see its Belgian member, the CDH, leave the group. The idea is not new among Belgian Christian Democrats.

Employment director: No-growth jobs are possible

Despite the lack of strong economic growth in Europe, there is more that can be done to create jobs, says the managing director of Eurociett, who believes EU policymakers have some tools to boost employment in a low-growth, or no-growth environment.

Disability activist: Europe must come out of hibernation

EU leaders have to find a way out of the economic crisis and to do so they need to look at long-term solutions to tackle the negative impact of the financial crisis on people with disabilities, Yannis Vardakastanis, president of the European Disability Forum, said in an interview with EURACTIV.  

Expert: Countries with egalitarian welfare schemes coped better with crisis

Countries with paritarian welfare institutions - those in which pensions, health care and other social protection schemes are negotiated equally between employers and social partners - were significantly better able to cope with the financial and economic crises, Francesco Briganti of the European Association of Paritarian Institutions of Social Protection (AEIP) told EURACTIV.hu in an interview.

Think-tank leader: EU’s 2020 strategy ‘too short-termist’

The EU's 2020 strategy to build a sustainable future beyond the current economic crisis is too short-termist and fails to address the fundamental problems of the current growth model, Philippe Herzog, founder of the Confrontations Europe think-tank, told EURACTIV in an interview.

Špidla: ‘Social innovation’ needed to restart economy

Squeezed by the economic crisis, Europe's labour markets can find new dynamism through social innovation, said Vladimir Špidla, EU commissioner for employment, social affairs and equal opportunities, in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.

Experts: Why we disagree on EU microfinance fund

A proposed EU microfinance fund, set up earlier this year to stimulate job creation in recession-ridden Europe, has provoked sharp disagreements. Two experts, one from a social NGO and one from a European chamber of commerce, spoke to EURACTIV about the scheme's chances.

MEP: Social policy a central plank in future recovery

In an interview with EURACTIV France, French Socialist MEP Pervenche Berès highlighted the importance of including a social dimension in the battle to solve Europe's economic problems, and questioned the decision to award the European Parliament's important economic committee chair to an English Liberal MEP.
EU Priorities 2020 23-02-2009

Former EU social chief: Beware protectionist ‘boomerang’

Greek member of Parliament and former Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, Anna Diamantopoulou, told EURACTIV in an interview that Europe should fight protectionism, which she sees as a ‘boomerang’ that hits back countries trying to restrict competition and free trade.

Official: Belgium’s foreign workers register ‘not aimed at EU’

Limosa, a little-known scheme that requires foreigners to register with social security before heading to Belgium for periods of temporary work, has caused concern in the European district of Brussels. The official behind the scheme, Sarah Scaillet, seeks to clarify the new law in an interview with EURACTIV.