Employment - Social

Is the EU Roaming-free dream crumbling?

Though citizens of the European Union have been promised that they will live roaming-free as of June 15th, loopholes in the Regulation are being increasingly used by mobile operators to retain roaming charges a...

Amnesty says France uses state of emergency against union protests

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"With the battle lines already being drawn between the new president and the unions on labor law reform, President Macron must stop the misuse of anti-terrorism powers to restrict peaceful protest and end France's...

Lowest unemployment in EU since 2009 : Eurostat

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Euro area unemployment was 9.3% in April, compared with EU28 at 7.8%. This is the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since March 2009. The EU28 unemployment rate was 7.8% in April 2017, down from...

Poll shows May loses overall majority

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Wednesday opened with yet another 0,5% nosedive for the Pound, as the latest poll indicates that the Conservatives may be slipping away from an outright majority in the forthcoming June 8 elections. Meanwhile, JP Morgan...

European Solidarity Corps takes legal form and €340 million from EU budget

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The Berlaymont upgrades the status of its promising programme by proposing a budget of €340 million for the period of 2018-2020. The participation that the Commission estimates for this time period is of 100,000...

EU strives for green jobs for a greener future

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The 17th annual EU Green Week kicked off in Malta on May 29, focusing on green jobs. The European Union’s environmental policies are creating green jobs and contributing to economic and social growth across the...

Why Europe’s work-life balance proposal could be in limbo for years

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A central part of the new European Pillar of Social Rights proposed by the European Commission is the so-called work-life balance proposal, which reflects three main principles—equal opportunities and access to the labour market,...

Macron meets Juncker after Trump’s premiere in Brussels

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The newly elected French president Emmanuel Macron is having his first trip to Brussels on Thursday, on the sidelines of the  NATO mini-Summit. After meeting the U.S. president Donald Trump, Macron met Jean-Claude Juncker, the...

Juncker Plan backs EIF €80 million deal for Italian SMEs

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The European Commission said on May 16 that Juncker Plan has backed a European Investment Fund (EIF) agreement with Banca Popolare Pugliese, an Italian financial intermediary, to provide €80 million in financing to innovative...

Brexit: MEPs want EU and UK to put citizens’ rights first

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A deal on the situation and rights of citizens should be negotiated by the European Union and the UK government before starting the other Brexit talks, according to the European Parliament. In a joint hearing...

Sneak preview on Corbyn Keynesian electoral platform

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On Thursday morning the members of the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party will receive the electoral platform on which Jeremy Corbyn will be campaigning. Leaks on Wednesday evening offered a “sneak preview” in...

Dutch coalition talks are stuck

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The emergence of a four-party coalition government in the Netherlands is proving harder than originally thought. The negotiation between the liberal VVD and D66, Christian Democrats (CDA) finds it hard to agree with the leftist...

EU hails deal to unlock loans for Spanish businesses

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The European Commission welcomed on May 4 the signature of a new agreement between the European Investment Bank Group and Ibercaja under the Spanish SME initiative programme, which should benefit around 2,000 small businesses...

Dutch Ministry of transport seeks “consultant” willing to work for free

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The road’s department of the Dutch Ministry of Transport is seeking to hire a freelance advisor willing to work “for free” for the first two weeks of a two-month contract. The practice is apparently common....

The EU 27 make room for a united Ireland and a Spanish Gibraltar

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Spain and Ireland have been given assurances they would be able to incorporate U.K territories wishing to join the European Union. At the European Council on April 29, the EU 27 signed a 9-page document...

Europe’s X-men first to live worse than their parents

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The fear that Europe’s youth has fewer opportunities for upward social mobility is now empirically grounded, following the publication of a study by Eurofound. Across Europe, the men of generation X were the first...

EU backs EIF agreements to boost Greek businesses

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The Juncker Plan has backed four European Investment Fund agreements with two financial intermediaries are expected to unlock €420 million in financing for an estimated 2,000 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Greece, the...

Immigrants keep leaving Spain

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Spain is losing migrants and its overall population is declining. For a fifth consecutive year, the population of Spain is declining. According to regional registers, the Spanish population declined in 2016 by just under 18,000...

Eurostat: Unemployment rates differ dramatically within EU regions

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Youth unemployment rates varied from 4 % to 70 %, while in a quarter of regions, the majority of the unemployed had been out of work for at least a year, according to Eurostat Among the 275...

EU aims for work-life balance and equality across the bloc

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EU’s executive has tabled its plan for a "European Pillar of Social Rights” on Wednesday. Within 20 principles, the European Commission has summarized the most important criteria for modern social systems, covering a wide spectrum...

EU Commission presents its ‘Social dimension of Europe’ reflection paper

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In the view of digitisation, globalisation and demographic transformations, new working patterns, collaborative economy are challenges already impacting EU citizens, the Berlaymont tables scenarios for the social development of the future. European Commission Vice-president Valdis...

Tibor Navracsics: ‘Culture makes us more noble, sophisticated’

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New Europe sat down with EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, during the G7 cultural summit in Florence to discuss the role of culture in today’s Europe. New Europe: Do you think...

Integration: the other option for refugees

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The refugee and migration wave that hit Europe two years ago had both negative and positive consequences. The negative consequence was the rise of far-right populism and Islamophobia among European citizens. It was a...

A world-class long jump to a more social Europe

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Who would not like to go to a free public school in Finland or buy their groceries at a local cooperative in Italy? Who would not want to receive quality community-based support for their...

Agrokor: a Croatian crisis turns into a Yugoslav conundrum

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The Croatian, Slovenian, Serbian, Montenegrin and Bosnian economies are embroiled in a systemically significant crisis linked to the Agrokor conglomerate. The Agrokor Group is a food and retail giant that in 2015 had a €6,5bn...

Southern EU leaders: “No military solution to the conflict in Syria”

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Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain’s heads of state and government met in Madrid on Monday 10 April for the third Summit of the Southern European Union Countries. Nicos Anastasiades, Francois Hollande, Alexis...

Hourly labour cost gaps persist within EU

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Data shows that hourly labour cost keeps ranging greatly within the EU-28 member states. Eurostat has published 2016 data according to which, the hourly labor cost ranged between €4.4 and €42.0 in the whole economy,...

EU Parliament wants to have last say in Brexit negotiations

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Leaders of the European Parliament political groups set out their priorities in the negotiations on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Any agreement on the withdrawal will need to win the approval of the House...

Three “sharing economy” attitudes in the EU

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The sharing economy has been seen as part of the so-called “gig economy,” which dissects and dissolves real work, turning it into uninsured “tasks,” be it driving people or delivering food. However, the sharing economy...

Finnish government moves to fiscally ringfence university education

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The Finnish Minister of Education, Sanni Grahn-Laasonen, rejected calls by the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (Etla) to allow universities to introduce fees. Grahn Laasonen said on Monday that introducing fees was against the...

Eurozone unemployment lowest in eight years

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The euro area (EA19) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 9.5% in February 2017, down from 9.6% in January 2017 and from 10.3% in February 2016, according to data published today by Eurostat, the statistical office of...

EU makes progress in renewable energy market

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The European Union is making considerable progress in the renewable energy market, two studies from the Joint Research Centre (JRC) showed. The European Commission’s in-house science service has published two studies on March 28 providing...

2016 UN Human Development Report: attention shifts to the “left behind”

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The presentation of the 2016 Human Development Index Report was in Stockholm, on Tuesday, March 21.  The statistical annex of the Human Development Index offers a wealth of conclusions, for the press, pundits, and...

North Sea provides strong tail winds to climate change fight

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The North Sea Wind Power Hub stands out as part of the development of offshore wind energy and interconnectivity in the region, European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič said ahead of the...

UK parliamentary committee warns on risks from leaving EU legal framework 

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Parliament might have to scrutinise up to 15 new bills to deliver Brexit, leaving little time for other legislation. This is an alarm signal coming from both the the Lords EU justice sub-committee and the Institute...

Eurozone employment rate goes up by 0.3% in the fourth quarter of 2016

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Employment increases by 0.3% in the euro area of 19 member states, slowing down the rate of 2015’s last semester, when employment increased by 1.1%, as European statistics office, Eurostat suggests. The trend persists at...

Why the ECJ ruling on headscarves polarizes the political debate

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Following a European Court of Justice Ruling (ECJ) on Tuesday, employers in the EU are effectively allowed to prohibit their staff from wearing visible religious symbols, including Islamic headscarves. Substance of the case The ECJ ruling...