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Addressing the crises: costs, COVID-19, climate, and conflict
The European Union is at a difficult crossroads. As member states attempt to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has brought about new challenges as living costs skyrocket.
National governments and welfare systems face new pressures and require greater support from the EU. In this context, how can the EU strengthen integration and support national governments in tackling the current and emerging crises?
The Foundation for European Progressive Studies, Masarykova Demokratická Akademie, and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung organised this year’s Call to Europe Conference in Prague. We brought together current and former progressive policymakers, academic experts, and activists to discuss not only the current state of play for Social Europe but also how European social and economic policy should be shaped moving forward so that all Europeans can have a decent quality of life.
A panel of experts debated how to address the crisis of living costs we currently face. The discussion was followed by a keynote speech from EU Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit.
FEPS member foundations were invited to join a meeting prior to the public conference, during which a discussion on social democracy in central and Eastern Europe took place. This was then followed by a closed-door roundtable on the energy crisis in the afternoon.
During the event, László Andor, FEPS Secretary General, presented his latest work ‘Europe’s social integration’. This book examines the four factors that have challenged the fate of welfare states and social standards in Europe: neoliberal globalisation, monetary union, Eastern enlargement and digitalisation.
Nicolas Schmit, EU Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights
Daniela Ostrá, Vice-chair of the Czech Social Democratic Party
László Andor, Secretary General, FEPS
Urban Überschär, Head of FES Czech Republic and Slovakia Office
Katya Koleva, President, Institute for Social Integration
Karel Polanecký, Friends of the Earth CZ
Matthias Ecke, Member of the European Parliament
Cecilia Bruzelius, Junior Professor of European Public Policy, Tübingen University
Lubomír Zaorálek, President of Masarykova Demokratická Akademie (MDA)
Josef Středula, Chair of Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions (ČMKOS)
Daniel Prokop, Sociologist and researcher at PAQ Research
Vladimír Špidla, Former Czech Prime Minister, Former EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities
Saša Uhlová, Journalist, internet daily Alarm
Moderated by Lubomír Zaorálek, President of MDA and David Rinaldi, FEPS Director of Studies and Policy
Q&A with the audience moderated by Patrik Eichler, Director, Masaryk Democratic Academy
FEPS President at Euronews talk-show ‘Brussels, my love?’
by Euronews 15/01/2024
Panellists discussed topics including EU fiscal rules reform, German farmer's protests, and the decision of Charles Michel to quit his job early to run for MEP.
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
“Trade doesn’t work in isolation from good domestic policies” Interview to Arancha González
by Borderlex 19/09/2023
Interview to Arancha González, former Spanish foreign minister, who released together with FEPS the new book entitled 'The Trade Handbook: Making Trade Work for Prosperity, People and Planet'
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.
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