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  Key publication

Implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights: what is needed to guarantee a positive social impact
 
This new study on behalf of the Workers’ Group of the EESC concludes that the Pillar relaunched an ambitious EU ‘Social Agenda’ and has already influenced the 2018 European Semester cycle. However, doubts remain as to whether it can influence EU macro-economic and fiscal policies. National trade unions are doubtful that they will be involved in putting its principles into practice. Effective implementation requires that the Pillar be given adequate financial resources and clearly defined governance tools through an ambitious roadmap.

 


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  New research

National trade union involvement in the European Semester - INVOTUNES
 
The OSE was awarded new Commission-funded research, involving a partnership between universities, trade union-related research institutes and independent research centres as well as the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). 
At the core of the project are eight country case studies (BE, BG, FI, DE, HU, IT, PT and SE). The project will lead to concrete recommendations for national trade unions with a view to ensuring effective and quality involvement in the Semester.

 

 
  Just published

The impact of digitalisation on job quality in public services - EPSU
 
This new edited volume on occupational welfare in Europe is based on a European Commission - funded research project coordinated by the European Social Observatory (OSE) and published by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI). It focuses on recent developments in the field of pensions and unemployment-related schemes in nine countries: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

 

 
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  New report

Report on work-life balance in the EU
  
The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) asked the OSE to provide a brief overview of measures taken in the Member States to address the work-life balance challenges faced by working parents and carers. The Country sheets should serve as a tool to support ETUC and other stakeholders who are lobbying for the adoption of a Directive on work-life balance. 

 
 
 
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  Publication

Occupational Welfare in Europe: Risks, opportunities and social partner involvement
David Natali and Emmanuele Pavolini with Bart Vanhercke
  
This new edited volume on occupational welfare in Europe is based on a European Commission - funded research project coordinated by the European Social Observatory (OSE) and published by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI). It focuses on recent developments in the field of pensions and unemployment-related schemes in nine countries: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

 

 
  Public Debate/Book presentation

Social policy in the European Union: a state of play – 5 March 2018
 
Philippe Lamberts (MEP-Group of the Greens) and the OSE are holding a presentation-debate in the European Parliament to discuss the EU’s social legacy and future. Keynote speakers are Amandine Crespy (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Daniel Clegg (University of Edinburgh) and Philippe Pochet (European Trade Union Institute).

 


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  Joint Centro Einaudi and OSE Working Paper

The Development and Determinants of ‘Occupational Welfare’ in the Recalibration of European Welfare Regimes: A Comparative Perspective
Mapelli, L. (2017)
 
This paper suggests that, overall, occupational welfare is becoming increasingly important in European welfare mixes; however, the quantity and quality of its development depend on a number of field-specific and country-specific variables. The paper concludes that occupational welfare can retain a social policy function, provided that it is handled with care and built upon a solid public underpinning.

 

 
  OSE Opinion Paper

The EU’s Youth Guarantee: a broadly accepted reform in need of full implementation
Andor L. and Veselý L. (2018)
 
What is the significance of the EU's Youth Guarantee initiative, and does it qualify as a ’structural reform’? What would it take for the Youth Guarantee to be fully implemented across the EU? This OSE Opinion paper reviews the main lessons learned since the Youth Guarantee's launch in 2013 and makes the case for an increased level of ambition, specifically in the context of the EU's post-2020 budget.

 

 
  Eurofound/OSE joint event

Self-employment in Europe: labour market and social protection
 
The half-day event (09/02/2018) will be an opportunity to explore recent Eurofound and OSE research on the issues surrounding self-employment and social protection. In particular, it will be an opportunity to share expertise in the context of the European Commission’s initiative on ‘social protection for all’.

 


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  Key publication

Social policy in the European Union: state of play 2017 
 
The European Social Observatory and the European Trade Union Institute just published the 18th edition of their flagship publication. It provides easily accessible information about recent developments as well as a more analytical reading and a forward-looking perspective for stakeholders and policymakers alike. 

 

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  Presentation-debate

Social policy in the European Union: state of play 2017
 
To mark the 18th edition of this flagship publication, the OSE and the ETUI are holding a presentation-debate on 12 December 2017. The future of the European and the EU’s economic governance figure among the debated topics. Confirmed speakers include Gabriele Bischoff, Maxime Cerutti, Amandine Crespy, Jeroen Jutte, Katja Lehto-Komulainen, Kelig Puyet, Freek Spinnewijn and Mario Telò. 




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  Conference

Regulating health professions in a European perspective
 
On the occasion of a major reform of the regulatory framework for health professions in Belgium, this conference will look at the experience of other EU Member States and explore in more detail how EU integration affects the organisation and regulation of health professions.


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  Interview Alter Échos

'Social Europe exists!'
 
Bart Vanhercke declares loud and clear: Social Europe exists! He doesn't deny the over-emphasis placed on austerity by the European institutions. But the Union's social projects, on hold for a while, could now be relaunched thanks to the 'social rights pillar' proposed by the Commission.



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