EASPD releases its latest report on the European Semester, calling for a change to the “growth at all costs” approach towards Social Investment and a growth focusing on the well-being of all citizens. The report proposes several recommendations to policy-makers on how they can integrate well-being into European and national public policy, in a manner that is both practical and sustainable. The report also includes national messages from EASPD’s membership to their respective governments and the European Commission; in particular within the framework of the European Semester. Continue Reading
This report explores the extent to which the European Semester is capturing and supporting Member States’ efforts to tackle homelessness in the context of the Europe 2020 strategy. It brings together the analysis FEANTSA has carried out throughout the 2014 Semester in order to draw conclusions about how various elements are orientating, monitoring and supporting Member States’ homelessness policies.
On 03/12/2014, the EU Semester Alliance held a well-attended hearing in the European Parliament, Giving a Voice to Civil Society Proposals for Europe 2020, hosted by Hon. Jean Lambert MEP (Greens / EFA) and Hon. Marian Harkin MEP (ALDE). A short report of the hearing, with the Semester Alliance key messages and links to the presentations and photos of the event, is now available. Continue Reading
22/10/2014- The ETUC’s priorities for the 2015 Annual Growth Survey
Since the publication of the first Annual Growth Survey (AGS) in January 2011, the EU has essentially pursued a coordinated policy of fiscal austerity, and wage and social deregulation. The ETUC has systematically called on European policy-makers to change course, warning against the negative effects of such policies. It has also warned of the contradictory nature of the Commission’s European Semester policy recommendations and that the focus on austerity, even if couched as ‘growth-friendly fiscal consolidation’, would hamper Europe’s economic recovery and predominate over social priorities. This focus on austerity also hampers the EU’s transition towards a greener economy. Continue Reading
How will the affordable housing sector contribute to a more energy efficient Europe?
While the tension on the Ukrainian soil keeps escalating and the EU-Russian relations push the energy security issue further up in the European agenda, the European Commission proposes reducing the bloc’s energy use by 30% by 2030. Continue Reading
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
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