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Policy Recommendations to the EU 2020 mid-term review - ’Promoting a balanced and inclusive revision of the Europe 2020 Strategy’
In response to the public consultation of the European Commission on the Europe 2020 mid-term review, SOLIDAR hereby presents its contribution including proposals to ensure a balanced and inclusive revision of the Strategy. The contribution is based on the findings of an extensive consultation carried out with members and partners through the Social Progress Watch Initiative as well as on the main findings included in the SOLIDAR briefing ‘Europe 2020: How to spur social progress for a more inclusive Europe?’.
Civil dialogue in and with the Middle East and North Africa
Today the fourth consultation meeting on the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) South Civil Society Forum was held in Napoli. The meeting took place in frame of 10 years Anna Lindh Foundation, the former foreign minister of Sweden from SAP. Stefan Füle, Commissioner for Neighbourhood kicked of the meeting by quoting Vaclav Havel “without peace between citizens and between citizens and the state there cannot be peace". Civil society in the region needs to lead the democratic transformation process in the region; the EU will not promote one model but will seek to support those that have the same democratic goals.
Who Cares? Experiences and possibilities to reconcile work and care responsibilities for dependent family members
This year SOLIDAR has been involved in the European project ‘Who Cares?’ led by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and in collaboration with the European Public Service Union (EPSU) and the European Federation of Retired and Older People (FERPA). The aim of the project is to collect and assess examples of policies and initiatives taken by social partner organisations to support and assist workers to combine work with (non-professional) caring responsibilities, with a focus on solutions to improve working conditions and enable workers with dependent family members to stay at work. In analyzing and assessing supportive legislative and policy frameworks to facilitate reconciliation of working and family-life obligations, project partners highlighted the importance of securing the offer of improved professional long-term care services in order to avoid an over-reliance on informal carers.
Support the United Nations Social Protection Floor Initiative, says Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights
In his report presented this week to the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, urged Governments around the world to embrace the United Nations Social Protection Floor Initiative (SPFI) to ensure guaranteed basic income security and access to essential social services for all.