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The EU minimum wage initiative in times of COVID-19 crisis

By Sacha Garben / 8 May, 2020

A few months ago, the new European Commission boldly announced its plans to deliver an EU minimum wage legal measure within its first 100 days in office. The COVID-19 crisis is likely to affect not only the schedule of this high-profile initiative, but the very political appetite for it. Yet,...

Squaring the circle with an EU action on minimum wages is more urgent than ever

By Amandine Crespy / 6 May, 2020

In January 2020, the European Commission launched a formal consultation of social partners in view of proposing an EU “framework” ensuring “fair minimum wages” across the EU. The proposal instantly triggered vivid protest, notably from Scandinavian unions. While no one can underestimate the difficulties involved the conception of a legitimate and...

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Continuing the fight for shorter working time

By Frances O'Grady / 10 December, 2019

Working time has always been a key battleground for working people and their trade unions. Now, as technology and the platform economy increasingly eat into workers’ personal time, a shorter working week is again necessary. A four-day week, without loss of pay, is one of our ambitions! The demand for...

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It’s time for a 4 days working week!

By Aidan Harper / 10 December, 2019

A shorter working week has always been central to the labour movement. With the rapidly approaching tipping point towards climate breakdown and the automation of many work processes, steered by new technologies like AI, the issue is back to the forefront of progressive politics! The eight-hour day and the two-day...

New Frontiers of Social Europe

By László Andor / 22 November, 2019

It is somewhat ironic that a European Commission headed by a former Social Affairs minister (Ursula von der Leyen) was almost inaugurated without the word ‘social’ appearing in the title of either commissioner. This would have been a great shame, especially at a time when the progressive family is represented...

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Health in Europe: reducing inequalities

By Vytenis Andriukaitis / 2 July, 2019

In a world with so much wealth, how is it possible that so many people have little or no access to healthcare? Or that different socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, or nationalities, mean poorer health for some? As a doctor, Social Democrat and Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, I find this...

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Public housing, a creator of wealth

By Cédric Van Styvendael / 15 February, 2019

For the last ten years, policies in Europe’s cities have become more and more liberal. Yet housing is a major concern for Europe’s citizens. It is the duty of the Progressives to refocus their attention on affordable housing, says Cédric Van Styvendael, President of Housing Europe, the European federation of...

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Social housing : the Vienna Model

By Michael Ludwig / 14 February, 2019

Numerous international delegations have travelled to see Vienna in the past couple of years to get to know its subsidised housing programme. Almost as often, the city has been invited to present the ‘Vienna Model’ abroad. Most of the topics broached focus on the overriding question: ‘How is Vienna doing...

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Discover an overview of social housing in Europe

By FEPS / 14 February, 2019

 

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Social housing in a time of cutbacks

By Hannu Ruonavaara / 8 January, 2019

Social housing used to be one of the main instruments for governments to tackle housing problems in Europe in the post-World War II period. During the last decades many countries have experienced a government retrenchment from housing policy, involving cuts in government spending on housing, deregulation of housing markets and...

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