SEMINAR OF MARSEILLE 2016 – TOWARDS A NEW FOUNDATION OF THE ECONOMY

The 11th seminar of the Alliances was a search for a new foundation of the economy, but during the sessions it was also a search for a new foundation for Europe. The presentations can be uploaded by clicking on the name Europe undergoes a threefold crisis: a crisis of identity, of solidarity and of legitimacy. Underlying these three there is the adjustment of our economic and social system. An adjustment…

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2015 Human rights as an answer to the social damage of the crisis

How can we make Europe more social, democratic an sustainable? Can we use the existing instruments, like the annual growth survey, the European semester, the Juncker investment plan and so on? Secondly, are the human rights an useful tool? And how must they be implemented? In the first session we started with a discussion about the annual growth survey and the European semester. Presentations: madrid first session Michel Debruyne on behalf…

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2014 The necessity of the democratisation of the market

 The Alliances to fight poverty held at Marseille a seminar on “the market, the necessity of regulation!?”.  (You find the presentations by double clicking on the names in blue.) This question looks like preaching to the choirs. But, the discussion on regulation is not neutral. It depends on what you want, on the purpose of regulation. And here comes the question of who defines the purposes? Regulation or deregulation is…

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Capability as a yardstick for flexicurity

Capability as a yardstick for flexicurity. A new book from René Lehweß-Litzmann, Soziologisches Forschungsinstitut Göttingen (SOFI) Our seminar on flexicurity was introduced by René Lehweß-Litzmann. He gave us a critical reading of the European policy agenda on flexicurity. He has worked further on his introduction an published recently his dissertation. From a point of view of Capability Approach he examines the concept. The conclusion is that concepts as flexicurity misses a…

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Inequalities increase the difficulty of addressing the challenges faced by Europe’s economies

While GDP and wealth have continued to increase overall, inequality has risen in Europe – as in other developed countries – since the mid-1980s. There are now wide inequalities in the distribution of income in the EU. Today, with the effects of the financial crisis still lingering, Europe faces a monumental challenge in its effort to tackle social inequalities. Persistent and growing gaps in income distribution provide a potent reminder…

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Social Europe in times of austerity

The Alliances to fight poverty are proud to present their new report book of the seminar of Lissabon held in May 2013. On the “publication page” you can download this new report book for free.

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2014 The necessity of the social and civil dialogue

EU has to invest in the social and civil dialogue to ensure more social cohesion and social progress. Report of the seminar of Madrid 24th of April 2014 The presentations of this seminar you find here During the morning Michel Debruyne held a presentation on minimun wages, Stephen Bach on social dialogue in public services and Eva Heidbreder on civil dialogue: PRESENTATIONS OF MADRID DURING MORNING During the afternoon Patrick Feltesse held a…

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Policy brief: The social and civil dialogue in times of crisis

Policy briefing EU has to invest in the social and civil dialogue to ensure more social cohesion and social progress. The Alliances to fight poverty came together in Spain the 24th of April 2014 to discuss the impact of the crisis on the social and civil dialogue. One of the perverse effects of the crisis and especially of the austerity measures is the deterioration of democracy in Europe. The seminar…

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Commission lacks ambition in replying to first European Citizens’ Initiative

Commission lacks ambition in replying to first European Citizens’ Initiative” (19 March 2014) The European Commission (EC) published a Communication today that gives its official response to the first successful European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) which called on the EC “to implement the human right to water and sanitation in European law.”  In the Communication, the European Commission does recall the importance of the human right to water and sanitation and…

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