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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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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2014 An urgent call – conference

The “Alliances to fight poverty” organised a conference to present their  “Call for a social, democratic and sustainable Europe”. More than 80 guests listened to prof Richard Wilkinson, 6 social organisations, 4 European Political parties. They had also the task to vote for our proposals. Richard Wilkinson introduced the conference with a broad presentation where he explored the relation between poverty and inequality. He started from the statement of Sahlin M.…

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2013 For an equal and social Europe

For an equal and social Europe In may 2013, the Alliances in cooperation with EAPN Portugal held in Lisboa a seminar with as title “for an equal and social Europe” . The outlook for the European countries looks really poor. Almost all countries have to make severe budget cuts. Because of the cuts, the economy in many countries is shrivelled. The consequences are clear. Austerity costs and kills. Even the…

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2012 Flexicurity, an answer to inequality

Flexicurity, an answer to inequality? The labour market today is under severe pressure in all European countries. The crisis is (ab)used to change hard-won labour rights fundamentally, with negative consequences for the most vulnerable groups in the labour market. They are pushed more and more into precarious, temporary and inferior jobs with negative consequences for people living on the edge or in poverty. Poverty rates – even for those who…

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2012 Dublin: Europe of Solidarity

120 million of Europeans are living in extreme poverty or insecurity. As the crisis hits hard in several countries, the number of people living in poverty or uncertainty will not decrease over the coming years. Social security is under pressure or threatened in all European countries. Savings plans are very severe. And in all countries, the governments aim to simplify the job market or want to organize less protection for…

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2011 Poverty and Capability Approach

The challenges for a poverty reduction strategy: the responses of the alliances. ACW, MOC and their Italian partner CNCA, organised a very interesting seminar in Rome where we looked for soms answers to the challenges for a poverty reduction. The program was ambitious. We wanted to analyse the actual social state of Europe and the member states, to look critical to the European answers, and to give the answers of…

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2011 Balancing the European policy

Balancing the social and economic policy of Europe Report of the Social Conference September 2011 Brussels The EU2020 strategy set the ambitious target of reducing 20 millions of persons living in poverty, but it is hard to find how the actions taken at national level will make it real. On top of that, the austerity measures adopted in several countries against the crisis created side effects further exacerbating the situation…

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