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The global financial crisis left us with a certainty: the EU is not well equipped with counter-cyclical measures that can promptly respond to negative shocks. Many influential voices have put forward proposals for a stabilisation function within the EU or the Euro area, nonetheless we have entered this new unexpected crisis without the policy tools we needed to offset it. Once again, European institutions have the difficult task now to design and implement new policy arrangements amidst the emergency. One of the instruments proposed, the “Support to mitigate Unemployment Risks in an Emergency” (SURE) is one of the likely innovations brought to life thanks to the pandemic-induced political will.
The counter-cyclical tool that many economists and policy-makers were proposing was an automatic permanent policy, not a temporary measure; it was meant to cover for the income support to the unemployed, not for short-time work arrangements; it was also based at least in part on grants and transfers and not uniquely in rather short term loans. Is Europe SURE that this is the way to go? What can be improved in the current proposal? What accompanying measures could enhance the stabilisation power of EU intervention agents the socio-economic emergency that will follow the pandemic?
Frank Vandenbroucke, University of Amsterdam and former Minister for Social Security, Health Insurance, Pensions and Employment of Belgium
Theresa Kuhn, Co-Director of the Amsterdam Center for European Studies
Roel Beetsma, Member of the European Fiscal Board
Joan Burton, Former Minister of Social Protection of Ireland and former Leader of the Irish Labour Party
Introduction and moderation by László Andor, FEPS Secretary General
Socialistas europeos reclaman que la Europa social sea la prioridad de la futura Comisión
by EuroEFE 09/11/2023
'European socialists demand that social Europe be the priority for the future Commission' article about the 'Champions of progress: Progressives go the extra mile for Social Europe!' side event organized by FEPS and PES
A szociális unió imperatívusza
by Új Egyenlőség 09/09/2023
'The imperative of Social Union'. Article about FEPS book 'Europe’s Social Integration: Welfare Models and Economic Transformations' by László Andor.
O László Andor στο Φόρουμ των Δελφών
by News 24 7 28/04/2023
“László Andor discussing at the Delphi Economic Forum about the importance of social inclusion and ways to strengthen it”
Research shows Ireland is too reliant on voluntary sector for mental health services
by RTÉ Radio 1 27/03/2023
RTÉ Radio 1 talks about our case studies 'Is an EU-wide approach to the mental health crisis necessary?', published in collaboration with Think-tank for Action on Social Change (TASC)
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