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ESDE Review 2014 – Structural reforms not at the cost of social cohesion and inclusive societies!
The annual ‘Employment and Social Developments in Europe’ report, published on January 15 by the European Commission, brought not much news this year, especially no good news. The picture in Europe remains bleak.
The report highlights persisting structural challenges in the EU such as rising unemployment, increasing numbers of young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs), a prominent gender gap and undeclared work in the labour market, increasing poverty and social exclusion in two third of the countries, especially for the working age population and children as well as growing divergences between countries in the EMU. These trends are also confirmed by the first findings of the analysis we conducted together with our members and partners in the framework of the SOLIDAR Social Progress Watch Initiative.
SOLIDAR supports the ECESR amendment to the Protest Act!
The fourth anniversary of Egypt’s January 25 revolution has been marked by the terrible death of 20 peaceful protestors, while at least 49 people have been killed in clashes in Egypt.
SOLIDAR heavily condemns the recent events in Egypt and strongly insists upon the principle that the right to assemble and organize is a precondition for the defense of collective rights and remains at the core of any functioning democratic system.
For a Democratic Europe - Final report of the ‘Real Civil Society Democracy in Europe’ project
The final report of the Europe for Citizens project ‘Real Civil Society Democracy in Europe’ is now available here. This project was led by SOLIDAR Danish member Forum for International Cooperation (FIC) and included amongst project partner SOLIDAR, CSV (UK), La ligue de l’Enseignement (France) and partners CGIL (Italy) and IDEAS (Ireland). As accurately illustrated in the report, the objective of this project was to raise awareness in the public and political systems at national and European level about the value of an organised and systematic participatory model for involving civil society organisations in European policy making processes.
Mario Draghi’s “shock and awe” plan to buy 60bn euros of public and private sector debt every month has created another free movement: the one of capital. The announcement was warmly welcomed as it had “overcome the expectation of the markets” (Soros in Davos). The intention seems to be good: a desire to create a new climate of investment by promoting growth and employment. It is a stand against the Member State that has always claimed a more orthodox financial policy: Germany. But as this orthodoxy starts showing its limits by preventing investment in all kinds of infrastructure for the sake of the black zero, it is becoming clear that it has failed to meet the expectations of the southern Member States, and will in the long run also have an impact on the capacity for renewal in a country like Germany. The decision of the European Central Bank is also a sign of independence, strongly defended by Germany on the basis of its historical experience, but used in the opposite direction.