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Economy & Jobs 01-05-2020

How to solve the crisis? Strengthen workers’ voices.

In a matter of a few weeks, the political challenges facing Europe have changed dramatically, with the unfolding health and economic crisis. In the previous economic turmoil, our collective response was to weaken the rights of the worker. This time it must be different, argue Danish MEPs Marianne Vind, Nikolaj Villumsen and Kira Marie Peter-Hansen.
Agrifood 08-06-2018

G7 can tackle five priorities with one investment: agricultural research

This week the representatives of the world's most advanced economies grapple with complex challenges at the G7 summit. Smart investments need to be made to solve the five key issues addressed at the summit and the smartest investment is in agricultural research, writes Marcon Ferroni.
Development Policy 07-02-2018

EU politicising development aid to build Fortress Europe

EU investments should not be used to blackmail or externalise borders. Particularly if the EU really wants to tackle the root causes of forced migration, writes Xabier Benito Ziluaga.
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.

A new world of work, a new way of looking at it

A new white paper by the representative of Europe’s employment industry addresses the main issues surrounding the new world of work and calls on policymakers to adapt legislation and labour market policies in line with this new reality. Denis Pennel explains how things stand.

All eyes on the EU Skills Agenda

Unemployment rates continue to run high across Europe; 10 June saw the European Commission publish its much-anticipated Skills Agenda. It is a welcome step towards addressing this challenge, and one that will need to be further built upon, writes Alba Xhixha.
Climate change 30-05-2016

How cities are using the green economy to solve Europe’s employment crisis

Green Week opens today with a focus on greener cities: how can we make our cities more sustainable and liveable, asks Anna Lisa Boni.
University

Youth employment: Together we can make a change

The young need to be able to dream, to make plans and to be active citizens, to envision a successful career in the profession of their choice. Marianne Thyssen argues that the European Commission is helping them do just this.
Competition 13-05-2016

Investing in Europe’s future: Toward sustainable and inclusive growth

Today, Europe is facing several challenges that require decision makers at both European and national level to cooperate, writes European Commission Vice-President, Jyrki Katainen.
Energy 28-04-2016

Cities want to deliver on energy efficiency, but fear obstacles

Local and regional governments are crucial to a more energy efficient Europe. Accounting rules should help deliver not hinder the creation of climate and security-friendly jobs and growth from this sector, write Tine Heyse, Eva Schobesberger and Valentí Junyent i Torras.

Symmetric flexibility: A concept to square competitiveness with increased well-being

Working time arrangements are an area with considerable scope to improve efficiency and to foster well-being. Symmetric agreements can represent a win-win situation for both employers and employees, write Thomas Leoni and Vanessa Koch.
Euro & Finance 08-04-2016

Full employment or unemployment reinsurance?

While the main objective of the US Federal Reserve is full employment, there is not a single EU institution that shares this goal. This is most likely why we have double the unemployment of the US, argue Ernest Maragall and Jordi Angusto.
Euro & Finance 06-04-2016

Handling our structural problems a prerequisite for openness

The Five President’s Report does not provide enough answers on how to push through vital reforms and does not focus on how to solve the monetary union’s main problems, writes Paul Lindquist.

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.
Trade & Society 29-10-2015

When it comes to jobs, cities ensure no one is left behind

Unemployment levels remain critically high in many European countries. EUROCITIES has launched a holistic approach to finding citizens work, writes Thomas Fabian.
EU Priorities 2020 20-10-2015

Crowdsource youth politics to boost voter turnout

Young people are not truly represented in European politics. This is a sign that our democracy is broken, and that we should redouble our efforts to increase participation, argues Allan Päll.
Euro & Finance 20-04-2015

Can Juncker’s investment plan live up to the promise it offers young people?

The Juncker Investment Plan offers a huge economic opportunity for the EU. If MEPs put their political differences aside and make the right decisions, it could help lift millions of young Europeans out of unemployment, writes Allan Päll.
EU Priorities 2020 20-04-2015

The Juncker Plan in its current form will not solve Europe’s woes

The Juncker Plan is an opportunity to generate much-needed growth in the EU, but its real benefits may be greatly exaggerated, and many issues must be clarified before it can be rolled out, writes Victor Negrescu.
Trade & Society 01-04-2015

Youth unemployment: Addressing the skills gap

It is time to address the high levels of youth unemployment across the EU by offering young people the skills they need to play an active part in the European economy, writes Jutta Steinruck.
Denis Pennel

Mrs Thyssen, let’s start creating jobs right now!

New Employment Commissioner must eliminate labour market imperfections in order to boost job creation across Europe, Pennel writes.
Bernadette Ségol, general secretary of the ETUC. [ETUC CES/Flickr]

MEPs, make Juncker keep his promises

Jean-Claude Juncker was elected European Commission president on the basis of a social, even hopeful ten-point plan for Europe. Now, MEPs bear the responsibility to hold him into account on these promises, writes Bernadette Ségol.
Jean-Claude Juncker arrives in the European Parliament for political group hearings, Brussels, 8 July 2014 ["© European Union 2014 - European Parliament]

Juncker and a Revival of the ‘European Social Model’?

Juncker’s plans to relax austerity and assess the social impact of structural reforms suggests that a revival of the ‘European social model’ is in the making. But what does that mean, asks Leticia Díez Sánchez.

Solutions needed for long-term unemployed

Europe risks creating a generation of long-term unemployed, but actions can be taken now as a matter of urgency to avoid this scenario, writes Fabian Zuleeg.