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