About: social exclusion

Economy & Jobs 06-05-2019

New report paints picture of rising inequality in Germany

With falling unemployment, increased exports and comparatively stable growth rates. Germany's statistics paint a positive picture. But many Germans have been left behind, EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 25-09-2018

Rising inequality calls for a new social contract

The gap between rich and poor in Europe has increased compared to thirty years ago, affecting young cohorts in particular. Yet the social protection systems currently in place across European countries were designed during the past century and are no longer fit for the present, argues Cyril Muller.
Freedom of thought 22-09-2017

European Muslims feel part of Europe but when will European society reciprocate?

New data released this week show that Muslims in Europe face discrimination in all areas of life. We need to start shifting our perspective and promote inclusive narratives and practices with regard to Muslims' presence in Europe. Too often, they are seen as a ‘problem to manage’, writes Julie Pascoët.
Freedom of thought 24-08-2017

Survey: Muslims well-integrated in Western Europe, but still face rejection

Muslims have come a long way towards integration into Western Europe, particularly in terms of language, education and work, but remain on the margins of everyday social acceptance, a study by the Bertelsmann Stiftung revealed on Thursday (24 August).
Economy & Jobs 21-06-2017

Fighting poverty across Europe: What’s next for FEAD?

More than 120 million people in the EU are at risk of poverty or social exclusion. The Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth aimed to bring at least 20 million people out of poverty and social exclusion by 2020.
Agrifood 11-04-2017

Parliament calls for mandatory EU-wide food waste targets by 2020

EU lawmakers today (11 April) urged the European Commission to set binding EU-wide food waste reduction targets by 2020, to be met by 2025 and 2030.

The best weapons against terrorism

As the European Council prepares to discuss terrorism and migration, heads of state must address causes and solutions at home as well as abroad, writes Pierre Baussand.

Fighting poverty: From dependency to empowerment

To win the fight against poverty, make the poor your partners. This is the core message from leading contenders for the 2015 Civil Society prize organised by the European Economic and Social Committee, writes Gonçalo Lobo Xavier.

Poverty in Europe is getting worse, not better

Member states have committed to lifting 20 million people out of poverty by 2020. But this has been hard to do in a time of economic recession, writes Georges Dassis.

Poverty and violence: Europe post-2015

Sebastian Große-Puppendahl, Alisa Herrero and Anna Knoll argue that the EU will fail to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals unless it takes concrete action soon. 

Striving for triple-A on social issues

Jean-Claude Juncker’s European Commission has declared its intention to put social issues further up its agenda. Yet, the European Union and its member states need to focus on more than economic growth to foster social justice in Europe, argues Natália Mazotte.

Helping the homeless is not a political choice

Athens this week defied the Commission by enacting new social inclusion measures for the homeless. But denying Greek citizens their fundamental right to housing assistance would be a breach of EU law, argue Freek Spinnewijn and Marc Uhry. 
Health 09-09-2014

Report: Roma in ‘poorer health’ condition than average

While it has often been proven that Roma experience extensive discrimination, violence and social exclusion, a new report financed by the European Commission also reveals that this has an overall negative impact on their health.
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Millions of Europeans are poor despite having a full-time job

Thirteen million Europeans fall below the EU's poverty line despite having fulltime jobs, especially in Germany, according to a new analysis by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI).
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EU unemployment hits peak ‘not seen in 20 years’, commission says

After five years of economic crisis and the return of a recession in 2012, unemployment is hitting peaks not seen for almost 20 years, according to a report by the European Commission published yesterday (8 January), which showed growing disparity between North and South Europe.

Unemployment hits peak ‘not seen in 20 years’, Commission says

After five years of economic crisis and the return of a recession in 2012, unemployment is hitting peaks not seen for almost 20 years, according to a report by the European Commission published yesterday (8 January), which showed growing disparity between North and South Europe.
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Economy & Jobs 06-12-2012

EU promotes ‘youth guarantee’ scheme for the unemployed

The European Commission on Wednesday presented a proposal aimed at tackling youth unemployment across Europe. The new package includes the so-called "Youth guarantee". It is a tool that hopes to ensure that all youth under 25 receive a quality job, internship or education offer within four months of finishing school or becoming unemployed.
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Economy & Jobs 23-08-2012

EU welcomes French Roma plans, but wants quick action

The European commission on Thursday welcomed France's plans to open its labour market to Roma migrants, most of them from Romania or Bulgaria. The French government also agreed on scrapping the current tax employers have to pay to hire nationals from the two countries. This tax can be as high as 1800 euros per worker. Brussels urged the French authorities to lift the existing working restrictions as soon as possible.

Britain refuses to join in with EU jobs strategy

By refusing to set a national target for employment, the UK government has set itself on a collision course with the European Commission, and is threatening to undermine the 'Europe 2020' strategy for growth that was agreed last summer by the leaders of all 27 member states.

EU ‘ignoring’ social impact of crisis, say NGOs

Austerity measures and public spending cuts are making life worse for the poorest members of society, whose plight is being "systematically ignored" by national and EU policymakers, according to anti-poverty campaigners.

Member states urged to eradicate homelessness

The EU should encourage member states to work towards ending homelessness and ensuring decent housing for all. So says a group of social policy experts, who are calling on the European Commission to develop an EU-level strategy for tackling homelessness.

Austerity casts shadow over Citizens’ Agora

Growing fears about the negative social impacts of austerity measures being implemented across Europe dominated discussions at the Citizens' Agora, held at the European Parliament last week (27-28 January).

EU unveils raft of proposals to combat poverty

With poverty and social exclusion affecting the daily lives of more than 100 million EU citizens, the European Commission yesterday (16 December) unveiled a raft of policy initiatives designed to address the causes and impacts of deprivation.

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.

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