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Job quality, the foundation of good working lives

There is no doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we work and live. To avoid long-term scarring effects and promote good working lives, a comprehensive policy agenda must deliver job quality, together with measures supporting individuals through the life course, and a fair and inclusive labour market. Covid-19 was a critical event […]

One is not born (un)productive, one becomes so

Echoing the famous feminist mantra ‘one is not born, but rather becomes a woman’ this article argues in a similar vein that ‘one is not born (un)productive, but rather becomes so’, to highlight the socially constructed and highly gendered dimension of this core economic concept of productivity. The beginning of a new year is the […]

The domestic and home care sector: answering the structural weakness of EU member states’ care systems

Structuring the domestic and home care sector is the only way to reach the Care strategy targets of quality, affordability and accessibility of care services.  In its Care strategy, released on 7 September 2022, the European Commission recognises the role of home care and community-based services in the care policy mix and the role of […]

What role for health promotion in the European Health Union?

So far, the European Health Union is largely focused on the necessary task of improving health security. A more comprehensive Health Union also needs to consider health promotion. But what does health promotion mean? Is it merely an instrument to nudge individual behaviours, or can it be more than that? A truly health-promoting Union requires […]

The European Health Data Space… for whom?

Published on 3 May 2022, the proposal for a regulation on the European Health Data Space (EHDS) aims to provide a common framework across EU member states for accessing and sharing health data to support healthcare delivery, such as electronic health records, patient registries, and genomic data, and to facilitate health research, policymaking, and legislation. […]

Treating Europe’s hidden pandemic: mental ill-health

As we contemplate the building of a health union, we can no longer ignore mental health problems which will affect one in two people at some point in their life. The EU’s approach to health must go beyond physical ailments. Our Union already has the mandate to protect our well-being and can make a tangible […]

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