Progressive structural reforms to reduce inequalities and to promote jobs, growth and social investment

SOLIDAR organised a lunch time debate on 1 December at the European Parliament’s Library with the presentation of our edited volume on “Progressive structural reforms to reduce inequalities and to promote jobs, growth and social investment” as well as this year’s edition of the SOLIDAR Social Progress Watch in 14 countries. The edited volume presents the outcome of the SOLIDAR Social Progress Lab - a thinking space for scholars, policymakers and civil society - and collects analyses by 10 academic scholars from across Europe focussed on identifying and targeting inequalities, shaping social investment and European policies affecting social safeguards.

After the presentation of the outcomes of our Social Progress Watch 2015, showing the serious impact of one-sided austerity policies and narrow-minded structural reforms on equality, social cohesion and employment at national and local level, a debate on alternative structural reforms was held with several MEPs: Maria Joao Rodrigues (Vice-President S&D), Philippe Lamberts (Co-President Greens/EFA), Agnes Jongerius (S&D), Brando Benifei (S&D) and Georgi Pirinski (S&D), civil society representatives and academics.

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