Semester Alliance publishes its Toolkit for Engaging in Europe 2020 and the European Semester

2014-Semester-Alliance-Toolkit-coverIn July 2014, the EU Alliance for Democratic, Social and Sustainable European Semester (Semester Alliance) publishes its Toolkit for Engaging in Europe 2020 and the European Semester. Aimed at the national members of the European organisations which constitute the Semester Alliance, it is designed to support them in engaging with Europe 2020 and the European Semester, including the upcoming Mid-Term Review. Continue Reading

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Semester Alliance addresses European Political Groups ahead of their meeting with candidate President of the European Commission Juncker

The Semester Alliance, representing thousands of civil-society organisations and trade unions on the ground, has just sent a letter to MEPs from S&D, Greens/EFA, GUE/NGL, EPP and ALDE Groups in the European Parliament with a question to address to M. Juncker, new European Commission President whom they will meet this Wednesday 09 July. For the Semester Alliance, the new EC President should already express how he will increase the involvement of the European Parliament and civil society in the Semester process during the coming mandate. #semesteralliance
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European Women’s Lobby reaction to threats to withdraw the Maternity Leave Directive

04/07/2014 – The European Women’s Lobby (EWL), has learned with dismay about the European Commission’s proposal to withdraw the proposed Maternity Leave Directive, as a gesture of ‘legislative management’ before the new Commission is installed. “This is a classic example of the backlash against women’s rights and gender equality in Europe. It sends a very bad signal to women and men in Europe about how much the EU can do to support real people’s rights and lives.” says Joanna Maycock, EWL Secretary General. Continue Reading

Eurodiaconia: EUROPEAN COUNCIL ADOPTS NEW STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK – WILL POVERTY REMAIN ON THE AGENDA?

30 June 2014, Brussels – The adoption by the European Council of the “Strategic agenda for the Union in times of change” will impact strongly on the future of the European Union and sets the direction for the European Union’s legislative work for the next five years. Yet are the five priorities agreed enough to ensure the well-being of people across the European Union and will the existing imbalances between economic and social policies be rectified? Continue Reading