On 1 December 2015, SOLIDAR launched our edited volume “Progressive Structural Reforms. Proposals for European reforms to reduce inequalities and promote jobs, growth and social investment” in the European Parliament with the participation of several Members of the European Parliament, academics, civil society representatives and many other stakeholders.
This publication presents the results of the SOLIDAR Social Progress Lab 2015 which was launched in spring 2015. The Social Progress Lab is a space for academics, policy-makers and civil society to reflect on the strategies and policies needed to achieve a more social and inclusive Europe.
It collects analyses by ten academic scholars from across Europe with a focus on identifying and targeting inequalities, shaping social investment and the European policies that affect social safeguards, thereby seeking to enrich the policy debate at European and national level on alternative structural reforms.
This edited volume includes contributions by Nicolas Schmit, Luxembourg’s Minister for Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy, as well as Thomas Händel MEP, Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs. It has been developed with the support of the Social Progress Lab’s scientific advisory group consisting of Dr. Rémi Bazillier (Université d’Orléans, France), Dr. Giovanni Cozzi (University of Greenwich, United Kingdom), Dr. Amandine Crespy (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium), Prof. Dr. Ferdi De Ville (Ghent University, Belgium) and Dr. Angela Wigger (Radboud University, the Netherlands), with guidance from Dr. Lieve Fransen, special adviser to the Social Progress Lab process.
A detailed report of the launch event in the European Parliament will be available on SOLIDAR’s homepage very soon.
Social Progress Watch 2015
Two years after the launch of our tool for monitoring social progress at national level, SOLIDAR’s Social Progress Watch shows consistently the drastic impact of one-sided policy reforms focused on budget discipline and fiscal consolidation at national and regional level. Not only have Greece, Portugal and other Troika-ridden countries reached the limit of what is left of their social welfare states, economically prosperous countries also report deteriorating conditions for workers, the unemployed, youth and other groups.