12/10/2015 – This paper forms part of a series of nine studies on the role of the European Union in international economic fora, prepared by Policy Department A at the request of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament. It provides factual background information about the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as well as about the EU’s relations with the IMF (both in terms of the IMF’s role in the EU and the EU’s role, representation and impact in the IMF).
09/10/2015 – Labour markets and social indicators in the EU continue to gradually improve, benefitting from the strengthening in economic activity, according to the latest edition of the Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review.
30/09/2015 – 62 per cent of the employment growth before the crisis was due to increased female labour force participation (EU27: 2000-2008). However, there is still plenty of unused work and human capital potential among women. Work is a determining factor of gender equality and women’s economic independence, but also important for the entire economy. An OECD study shows that halving the gender gap in employment could lead to an additional gain of 6 per cent in the GDP by 2030.
EC | Adequate pensions: new report calls for measures to enable people to work until they reach the pension age
05/10/2015 – Europe’s pension systems can be expected to deliver adequate pensions also to future generations of retirees provided Member States pursue strong policies to enable as many workers as possible to stay in jobs until they reach the statutory pension age, a new report on pension adequacy shows.
16/10/2015 – The October 2015 edition of the EPC Policy Update specifically prepared for organisations engaged in EPIM (European Programme for Intergration and Migration) is now available online. This edition’s special focus is dedicated to analysing the legislative, political and humanitarian developments that have recently taken place concerning the EU’s so-called “refugee crisis”.
AGE Platform | International Day for the Eradication of Poverty: Start acting on the Europe 2020 poverty target!
16/10/2015 – While the UN is celebrating the international day for the eradication of poverty, and the global community has set itself the goal of ‘ending poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including by eradicating extreme poverty by 2030’ in the Sustainable Development Goals, the European Union faces major challenges in meeting its own target to reduce poverty by 20 million between 2008 and 2020. For one in five Europeans over 50 living at risk of poverty, decisive action is needed.
19/10/2015 – Poverty, inequality and segregation are increasing in European Cities. The widening gap between rich and poor is leading to segregation in more and more European cities. The rich and the poor are living at increasing distance from each other, and this can be disastrous for the social stability and competitive power of cities. Check out this video to get an idea of this rigorous comparative research on socio-economic segregation in 13 European cities: Madrid, Milan, Tallinn, London, Stockholm, Vienna, Athens, Amsterdam, Budapest, Riga, Vilnius, Prague, and Oslo. Led by Professor, Maarten Van Ham “Segregation Europe” argues that a strong EU Urban Agenda is needed to create attractive, inclusive and competitive cities.
19/10/2015 – Housing Europe has just released a new guide to provide housing practitioners and policy makers with up-to date information and figures on the funding allocated to housing in each country. The publication includes and detailed country profiles as well as good examples, and provides the reader with a broader view of on how housing will be supported between 2014 and 2020.
EAPN calls for implementation of poverty target and EU framework Directive on minimum income at European Parliament Employment Committee Hearing
12/10/2015 – Sian Jones, EAPN Policy Coordinator spoke as expert witness in the Employment Committee Hearing for Tamas Meszerics’ own-initiative report “Meeting the Anti-Poverty Target in light of increasing Household Costs”. EAPN called for the poverty target to be confirmed and implemented, putting Europe 2020 at the heart of the Semester, with an explicit integrated…
On 1st of October 2015 the European Policy Centre hosted a Policy Dialogue on the European response(s) to the refugee, migrant and humanitarian crisis: Will the EU and Member States succeed? The speakers called for the EU-coordinated approach in facing the high increase of refugees entering the EU, which could include more effective implementation of the Commission’s proposal for relocation and resettlement, the harmonization of the national asylum systems, the reorientation of the EU funds to the issue of migration, improving the EU monitoring of the flows of immigration, the cooperation between the EU and countries of emigration and, most importantly, facing the root causes for crisis in Syria.