Employment - Social

Climate change is ‘serious’ but potentially beneficial

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The Eurobarometer survey released on 7 October on climate change found that over two-thirds of Europeans consider climate change to be a very serious problem and that 80% think actions to combat climate change...

Volunteering should be encouraged, but not abused

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The Council of the European Union has released a report into the role of voluntary activities in social policy, concluding that “volunteering activities cannot replace the overall responsibility of the state to ensure and...

EDPS welcomes revision to tachograph legislation but remains wary

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 The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted an opinion on the European Commission's proposal to revise the EU legislation on tachographs - the device used in road transport to monitor driving times and rest...

Salaries for new teachers too low

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To commemorate World Teachers' Day, 5 October, Eurydice released a report that stated that the starting salaries for first-time teachers are lower than national GDP per capita. This means that the average wage of a...

Commissioner Andor pleased with EU Job Day turnout

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Speaking at the Fifth EU Job Day at the Berlaymont, Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Commissioner László Andor, said the turnout was extremely positive, noting that visitors were queuing up even before the Job...

Commission fights deadlock on food programme

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Millions of Europe’s poorest citizens could be left without food if the EU fails to agree a way forward for a flagship scheme aimed at alleviating the effects of poverty.   Following a Court ruling this...

‘Youth on the Move’ job fair to counter unemployment

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On 1 October, the Commission will host the 5th European Job Day at the Berlaymont Building. This event supports companies that are currently hiring and provides concrete opportunities for jobseekers. The event takes place between...

European Parliament approves EGF crisis mode extension

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The European Parliament adopted, on 29 September, a resolution proposing to extend European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) crisis measures used to help find new jobs for redundant workers until the end of 2013. The resolution...

Commission slams UK over ‘right-to-reside’ policy

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The European Commission has demanded that the UK halt the application of the so-called right to reside test for the EU nationals in order for them to qualify for certain social-security benefits - according...

Male dominance: ‘Delenda Est!’

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  New Europe: What are the major reasons that make women more vulnerable in a crisis? Elisabeth Morin-Chartier: A crisis hits women harder because they are mainly part-time or half-time workers or they end accepting fixed...

Has economic crisis hit women harder?

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  As a new academic year starts in a few days, the EU is proud to report that about 60% of all university graduates are women. But here is where this glorious story ends: after...

Commission allocates €6.5 million for redundant workers in Greece and Austria

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The European Commission proposed to provide Greece and Austria with €2.9 and €3.6 million respectively from the EU Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) for redundant workers' reintroduction to the labour market. The funds requested by...

Parliament aproves €9.75 million for redundant workers

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On 22 September, the European Parliament's Budgets Committee approved some €9.75 million aid from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) for 1,783 redundant workers in Germany, Denmark and Portugal. Germany applied for €4,347,868 in EGF...

Strasbourg summit on Roma relations

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On 22 September, a summit will be held in Strasbourg called 'Building mutual trust at the grassroots', focused on improving the status of Roma in Europe. Despite increasing 'Roma-phobia', French authorities will try to...

Anti-Gypsyism needs to be targeted in specific, practical and sensitive ways

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 Discrimination against Roma, or anti-Gypsyism, is a “specific form of racism” which needs to be combated throughout Europe and beyond, according to new policy recommendations by the Council of Europe (CoE). The CoE’s European Commission...

Commission emphasises need for higher-education job focus

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  On 20 September, the European Commission held talks to discuss the role of higher education and its increased implementation in the European community and beyond. The briefing focused heavily on the fact that too few...

EU aims to tackle homelessness

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 The recent economic crisis is not just causing problems for members of the IMF and European Parliament, it has also aggravated prospects on the opposite side of the social spectrum. "Homelessness is the worst...

EGF provides more than €15m for redundant Austrian and Dutch workers

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The European Parliament has approved aid totalling €15,390,233, providing €8,284,908 for 356 Austrian workers, and €1,221,128 for 74 Dutch workers who have been made redundant, in order to help them find new employment. In Austria,...

Second quarter employment survey shows increase in jobs for EU

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Eurostat has confirmed that there has been an increase in the job market in the EU. The Eurozone, which includes Belgium, Germany, and France, has shown an overall increase of 0.4% since the second...

Budgets Committee approves €5.9 million for redundant Dutch graphics workers

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The European Parliament's Budgets Committee has approved €5,884,197 from the EU Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) for 1,764 workers made redundant in the Dutch graphics and printing sector. The graphics and printing sector in the Netherlands...

Internal market sports betting

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 The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) sponsored a public hearing 6 September on how best to regulate the online gambling industry within the internal market. During the hearing, the committee explored the role...

Political movement needed for reform of gambling sector

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The European political institutions must “come up with solutions” quickly if the ongoing problems of regulating online gambling are to be solved, according to a representative of the legal industry, which is currently in...