Setting a New Social-Ecological Contract

Despite a spectacular economic reaction to the pandemic crisis, the authors of the 2020 edition of the European “Bilan social’’, express concerns about the so-called ‘social affairs players’ being sidelined in the new Recovery and Resilience Facility, the “fuzzy” EU commitment to gender issues, the EU response to rising in-work poverty and the setting a new…

Working from Home

Three-quarters (75%) of UK office workers said that they would accept – or have accepted – a pay cut in return for a fully remote role that allows them to work from anywhere, according to new research from Citrix. The new data, based on a survey of 1,000 UK office workers and conducted by OnePoll,…

UK and EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement

On 24 December 2020, the UK and EU agreed a new Trade and Cooperation Agreement to govern the future trading and security relationship now that the UK has left the EU.  President Ursula von der Leyen spoke about the “long and winding road ” that led to an agreement. However, it is also clear that there is much…

Libya’s future depends on the economic situation

Libyan politicians are confident that after the economy recovery, the country will be able to achieve reconciliation and stability. Many Libyan politicians, including the vice president of the Government of National Accord, Ahmed Maiteeq, are more than sure that Libya needs to solve the economic issue, and only then move on to the issue of…

EU Pillar of Social Rights

The European Parliament is calling on European leaders to make social rights legally enforceable and reach concrete social objectives by 2030. The Socialists and Democrats had pushed for the 2017 adoption of the European Pillar of Social Rights in Gothenburg and are now leading the drive for a Porto Agenda, to be signed by EU…

Economic Impact of COVID

The early measures taken by the EU and its Member States to counter the economic impact of COVID-19 have helped save jobs and businesses, according to the European Court of Auditors (ECA).  However, the auditors also see the risk that the pandemic’s uneven impact on Member States and their differing capacities to support their economies…

New Industrial Strategy

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution on the new Industrial Strategy. It calls for the new industrial strategy – planned for publication in March next year – to be in line with the goal of climate neutrality by 2050 and to create the conditions for an innovative, inclusive, resilient, digitalised society. In the context…

European Tax Observatory

There will be a European Tax Observatory headed by the renowned progressive tax economist Gabriel Zucman. This will implement an idea of the European Greens, which they launched in October 2019 together with Social Democrats and Liberals in the European Parliament.  German Greens MEP Sven Giegold told this website,”That is great news. Because just like…

Making the Single Market Sustainable

The Socialists and  Democrats in parliament have tabled a position paper on the Sustainable Single Market for Consumers and Businesses.  In the paper, they call on the Commission to present ambitious legislative proposals necessary to adapt the Single Market to the challenges of climate and degradation of the environment, and describe why it is a social question to…