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Building inclusive learning societies NOW! Prior the hearing of the Commissioner-designate for Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship, Tibor Navracsics, SOLIDAR calls for better inclusion, social, cultural and economic participation, (...)
With great sadness we learnt yesterday that our friend and comrade Ieke van den Burg has passed away. Ieke was a close friend and worked together with us in her time as MEP. We also supported her when she became Chair of Finance Watch where she played an eminent role in the phase of constitution of the new network. She was co-author of the publication of the PES on hedge and pension funds which positioned the political family in the debate of taming financial capitalism.
Our feelings are with her family. We lost a friend.
Keeping her memory alive means to us continuing the fight for a more social Europe.
Securing democracy takes centre stage on Mr. Hahn’s to do list
Commissioner-designate Johannes Hahn, took the stand yesterday at the European Parliament to present his point of view on the upcoming challenges within European Neigbourhood and Enlargement Policy. From the get go, Hahn states that his term won’t allow any enlargement, however, the focus will be to prepare these countries to reach the set EU criteria. The role for his team and the EU would be on offering support to the required reforms to ensure sustainability. A close cooperation with local civil society organization is underlined as being a necessity to do so.
Let’s work Together for Social Europe, Commissioner(-to-be) Thyssen!
Ahead of the hearing of Commissioner-Designate for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, SOLIDAR stresses the utmost urgency of not only reinforcing but reestablishing the social foundation of “our” Europe. Six years of financial, social and economic crises have left one’s mark on Europe’s social model. While countries with strong welfare systems have survived the past years with less damage than countries with weak welfare and social security systems, any trace of social progress has been vanished in almost all EU countries, not least thanks to severe austerity policies imposed by the Troika on our Southern neighbours. Financial consolidation has led to fierce social entrenchments not only in countries like Portugal and Greece and thereby turned EUphoria into EU-mistrust and even hatred.