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One week after the UK EU referendum and the decision on BREXIT the drama is far from over and could have been inspired by Shakespeare. The man who has been the face and voice of the BREXIT campaign has been politically “assassinated” by his close friend and has taken flight rather than face the consequences. The UKIP liar does not care about the consequences that leaving will have on the future of the UK. After BREXIT the UK itself may even break up. No one would have imagined such a scenario a few years ago: more tragedy than comedy.
EU increases macro-financial assistance to Jordan as part of EU-Jordan Partnership Priorities
On Wednesday the European Parliament and the Council decided to provide further macro-financial assistance to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan with a worth of 200 million euros in medium-term loans, in order to support the country to deal with the Syrian refugee crisis. This comes after the pledges made at the conference ’Supporting Syria and the Region’, held in London on 4 February 2016, as well as part of the so-called EU-Jordan Compact (annexed to EU-Jordan partnership priorities), a document that the EU and Jordan are discussing and that would contain precise commitments on both sides (including financial assistance from the EU) aimed at addressing a number of policy priorities.
Increasing the role of Vocational Education and Training
Today in Europe we have more than 14 million people under 30 years old that are neither in employment, education or training (NEETs). NEETs cost society millions of euros every year, through tax losses, inactivity and the cost of measures targeted at NEETs. However, the situation also costs the individuals; young people remain continuously at risk of further exclusion and other social and financial difficulties in their lives. Therefore an entire generation is in urgent need of tailored and meaningful actions that will support their full participation in society and the realisation of their potential and life chances. Participation in lifelong learning (education and training, or continuous VET) can be one of the springboards to better prospects, although it must be accompanied by a range of parallel measures.
Basic income in the new era of digitalised work.
On 27, 28 and 29 June, the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) together with the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) hosted a conference on “Shaping the new world of work: the impacts of digitalisation and robotisation”, to discuss how the world and nature of work and employment is being changed by the digital revolution. SOLIDAR attended the conference and, participated in Panel 16 on Basic Income.