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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.
How to integrate migration in the post 2015 agenda?
To date, migrant labour rights and human development still receive too little space within national, regional and global development plans.
SOLIDAR believes that the post 2015 development agenda provides a unique opportunity to push the EU to adopt a rights-based approach to migration and development policies in line with the Civil Society Stockholm Agenda on migrants and migration, in order to promote human development and achieve social justice.
Latvian EU Presidency priorities in the field of Education and Training
In January Latvia took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from Italy. Over the next six months it intends to focus on the following priorities: Competitive Europe – implementing theInvestment plan for Europe and the European Semester; Digital Europe – highlighting the discussion on digital skills and promotion of the new European eGovernment plan; and Engaged Europe – taking an active role in the EU’s external commitments on neighbourhood policy and transatlantic partnerships.