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  OSE Opinion Paper

Another European rescue of the Member States? EU public health policy for COVID-19
Scott L.Greer (2020)
    
The role of the EU through history is to rescue Member States from problems they cannot solve on their own. What can the EU do if and when Member States learn that they are too tightly connected to self-isolate? Within Article 168 of the TFEU, the existing public health powers, there are options. Article 168 is written to put Member States in charge, which means that most of its language seems to weaken the EU, but it enables forceful action if Member States want it. This Opinion paper discusses some of the forceful actions that Member States might find they need to take together if the EU is to rescue them from the COVID-19 health crisis.


  
  INVOTUNES - New publications

Trade union involvement in the European Semester
   
The fruit of the two-year INVOTUNES research project is now available for the wider public: 8 country case studies (BE-BG-FI-DE-HU-IT-PT-SE), 3 analytical papers, the final report (including policy recommendations) and the executive summary (in 10 languages). The PowerPoint presentations of the final conference and a short video of the event are equally available.



  
  EFISTU publications

Public service trade unions and the European Semester/EFISTU
    
How can the trade union movement ensure that the voice of public service workers is heard and listened to in the European Semester? This question was at the heart of the EFISTU research project conducted by EPSU, ETUCE, the University of Nottingham and the OSE. Check out the key research findings, including five country case studies (DK, FR, IE, IT and LV) and 18 language versions of the Summary report.


  
  New publication

Social policy in the EU 1999-2019: the long and winding road
B.Vanhercke, D. Ghailani and S. Spasova, with P. Pochet (Eds.)
     
The 20th edition anniversary of this OSE and ETUI flagship book (EN/FR) analyses the twists and turns of a social policy paradigm permanently overshadowed by financial considerations. Progress and political struggles towards a genuine ‘Social Europe’ continue to be on the agenda of various players, but the road towards it will remain long and winding. A short video and the presentations of the 12 March 2020 launch event are available online.


  
  European and international digest

Revue Belge de Sécurité sociale (RBSS) : Digest européen – Digest international (FR/NL)
B. Fronteddu and D. Bouget

"Le premier semestre de l’année 2019 a été marqué par l’adoption de plusieurs directives et règlements européens en matière de politique sociale. Certains textes législatifs ont fait l’objet de très longues négociations révélant, une fois de plus, la fracture entre les Etats membres d’Europe de l’Est et les Etats membres d’Europe occidentale (...)". 
Ook beschikbaar in het Nederlands: Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Sociale Zekerheid (
BTSZ).


  
  OSE Opinion Paper

La finance contre le réchauffement climatique : un loup déguisé en agneau
Boris Fronteddu (2020)
     
La lutte contre le réchauffement climatique souffre d’un déficit d’investissement. Pour y pallier, l’Union européenne (UE) veut encourager les investisseurs institutionnels à diriger leur capital vers des investissements plus durables. En établissant une classification harmonisée des activités économiques vertes, l’UE entend accompagner les investisseurs privés dans cette transition. Selon l’auteur de ce Working Paper, une telle classification n’est susceptible de recevoir le soutien de l’industrie financière qu’à la condition qu’elle ne remette pas en cause ses intérêts fondamentaux. Ceux-ci sont, pourtant, aux antipodes des engagements que nécessite une transition écologique crédible. Il ne suffit pas de déguiser un loup en agneau pour qu'il cesse de s'en repaître. 


  
  ESPN Synthesis Report

Social protection expenditure and its financing in Europe, A study of national policies 2019
Spasova S. and Ward T. (2019), European Social Policy Network (ESPN).
     
This Synthesis report produced by the European Social Policy Network (ESPN) shows that, while the Great Recession increased the need for spending, cost-containment policies have kept down both expenditure on old-age pensions and healthcare. The share of social contributions in the funding of social protection has tended to decline, compensated by an increase in the share of funding from taxes. The report concludes that, while systems which rely on social contributions are not under threat, their financing may need to be diversified in order to maintain adequate levels of protection in the longer-term.

 
 

  
  OSE Research Paper

Cross-border telemedicine: practices and challenges
Bensemmane S. and Baeten R. (2019)
    
Through telemedicine healthcare is provided at a distance, by the use of information and communication technology (ICT). This enables the provision of healthcare by a health professional residing in a country other than that of the patient. This paper explores the cross-border provision of telemedicine and in particular the involvement of Belgian providers and patients. Short version available in Dutch and French.


  
 
 
 
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