FEPS Newsletter 13 Jan 2023 – New #RecoveryWatch publications, agenda & much more

📅FEPS Newsletter: New #RecoveryWatch publications, agenda & much more
Exciting beginning of the year!
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Upcoming Events
Welcome to our first newsletter of 2023! We are back, with recharged batteries and excited to continue keeping you updated about FEPS events, publications, articles, podcasts, news, etc.

This week, we present new #RecoveryWatch policy studies, the numerous events that will take place in the following weeks and much more. Stay tuned!
👁️New Recovery Watch available! The Recovery Watch is a structured network of experts monitoring the implementation of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans (NRRPs), and assessing their impact on key social outcomes. This week we focus on three angles: energy and transport, digital transition and territorial inequalities.

This research project is led by FEPS, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and Institut Emile Vandervelde (IEV), in collaboration with several first-rate research organisations.

How do the NRRPs fare?
By Manos Matsaganis, Georgios Manalis and Avilia Zavarella

This policy study focuses on the social impact of the digital transition on workers. It poses the question of the Recovery and Resilience Facility‘s (RRF) contribution to preparing member states for the digital transformation by maximising its benefits, minimising its costs, and distributing both benefits and costs equitably. Read more.
Assessing the potential systemic transformation of EU Member States’ energy and mobility sectors through their NRRPs
By Christiny Miller, Lydia Korinek, Mona Leminski and Elizabeth Dirth

Was the NRRPs’ implementation transformative with regard to their contexts and investment needs, or was it just a (greening of) business as usual?

This study analyses the energy and transport sectors‘ pre-pandemic states in four EU Member States: Austria, France, Germany, and Spain, to understand the potential impact of NRRPs.
Read more.
By Giovanni Carrosio, Gloria Cicerone, Alessandra Faggian and Giulia Urso

This policy study addresses the potential impact of the NRRPs on territorial inequalities and the sustainable well-being of people across Europe, particularly of citizens living in left-behind places.

In this publication, the author analyses whether and how the NRRPs of Italy, Portugal and Spain have adopted a place-based perspective, with particular attention to territorial cohesion. Read more.
16 January – Vienna, Austria (Hybrid)

Paying tribute to Barbara Prammer, a staunch women’s rights defender in Austria, FEPS, the SPÖ Federal Women, the Karl-Renner-Institut, and the SPÖ Parliament Club join forces for the 9th Barbara Prammer Symposium.

In light of the multiple crises and soaring energy bills having a disproportionate impact on women, this year’s overarching theme will focus on how the welfare state affects gender equality. We will apply a gender lens on issues ranging from distributive justice to wealth taxation, labour, equality and recovery.

19-20 January – Recife, Brazil (Hybrid)

FEPS, together with Plataforma Cipó, the Stimson Center and other partners, will convene in Recife, Brazil, to engage in the third Global Policy Dialogue (GPD).

The GPD provides a platform to discuss innovative solutions for addressing the intersection between climate change, biodiversity, nature loss, pollution, and waste. The conference brings together a diverse group from UN Missions, think tanks, universities, and other civil society organisations.
Next Left conference
23 January – Lisbon, Portugal

FEPS, together with the Karl-Renner-Institut and the Portuguese Socialist Party (PS), is co-hosting a high-level Next Left conference on ‘Right-wing extremism and our progressive duty to fight it’.

Among the participants, we can find renowned speakers such as Jamila Madeira, PS International Secretary; José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, former Spanish Prime Minister; Maria João Rodrigues, FEPS President; Andreas Schieder, Head of the EP S&D Austrian Delegation, and Chair of the Next Left Research Program.

26 January – FEPS HQ, Brussels

FEPS is launching the fourth edition of one of its most unique yearly publications: the Progressive Yearbook. On the same occasion, our Secretary General László Andor will reveal and interview FEPS personality of the year.

The Progressive Yearbook focuses on transversal European issues that have left a mark on 2022 and brings insightful future-looking analysis for the new year. This yearly edition counts on renowned authors’ contributions, including academics, politicians, and civil society representatives.
21 January – London, UK (Hybrid)

This month, we will also host another edition of the New Year Reception, a longstanding tradition by the Fabian Society and FEPS.

Voices from the UK labour movement and Europe will discuss the left’s ‘Pathway to Power’.
Recovery Watch outcomes and the event on National Recovery & Resilience Plans which took place in Rome in December attracted a lot of media attention in Italian media, be it in the press, such as Corriere della sera and Il Fatto Quotidiano, or in the radio, such as Radio Popolare or Radio Vaticana.
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Together with about 50 scientists from the environmental area and former politicians from Brazil and Portugal, FEPS President Maria João Rodrigues signed a manifesto giving international impetus to the environmental policy of the government of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. The manifesto calls for climate concerns to be at the centre of the agreement between the EU and Mercosur. It was widely shared in the media, such as News Bulletin, Público and Visâo.
Photo credits: Shutterstock/rocharibeiro
🎥Watch this interview with FEPS Secretary General László Andor about his book Europe’s social integration: Welfare models and economic transformations 📕 It was recorded during the Call to Europe Prague conference.
By Maria João Rodrigues

The terms and the time horizon of a peace solution in Ukraine remain highly uncertain and will shape our possible futures for the times ahead. But this should not delay a stronger response to the challenges of the 21st century we are confronted with. The outlook for 2023 clearly shows that we are entering a new historical era.
Read more.
Photo credits: Shutterstock/tomertu
By Frederick Harry Pitts

How can the European centre-left advance an agenda based on industrial policy, social partnership and the integration of the labour interest into the apparatus of the state? Thoughts from a roundtable in London.
Read more.
Photo credits: Shutterstock/Rawpixel.com
#126 FEPS Talks Podcast

🎙️Professor Gerhard Stahl, member of FEPS Scientific Council, and László Andor, FEPS Secretary General, talk about the latest book by Stahl, which focuses on China.

They analyse the future scenarios of the EU-China relationship. They also explore the specificities of Chinese economic and social developments, as well as other aspects of China’s relations with the rest of the world: technology and investment policies, Covid-19, and regional security.

While looking for a genuine European strategy, the discussants look into two critical questions in this conversation: Why Russia’s international behaviour cannot be compared to the Chinese? What role is the US playing between cooperation and confrontation?

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