FEPS Newsletter 12 Jan 2024 – Progressive Yearbook, youth, and more!

12/01/2024
📅 FEPS Newsletter: Progressive Yearbook, youth, and more!
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Upcoming Events
We hope you’ve recharged your batteries over the holidays because 2024 promises to be a transformative year for Europe and beyond. (Yes, we are referring to the EU elections, but also much more!).

To get prepared to navigate these turbulent waters, we start the year looking back to look ahead with our yearly tradition: join us at the annual launch of the 5th edition of the Progressive Yearbook, one of our most unique publications! We’ll also announce FEPS Progressive Person of the Year on this occasion.

On the topic of the future and elections, these days, we are particularly looking at youth. Join us at the launch of the upcoming survey exploring the attitudes of young Europeans from disadvantaged backgrounds toward democracy. We are also looking at the vital role of youth in Ukraine’s recovery and transformation!

Here’s to a year of informed discussions, collaborative efforts, and progressive strides!
BOOK LAUNCH
24 January – FEPS HQ

On January 24, join us at the launch of the fifth edition of one of our most unique publications, the Progressive Yearbook. We will also reveal and interview FEPS Progressive Person of the Year.

With the mission of looking back to look ahead, it focuses on transversal European issues that have left a mark on 2023 and brings insightful future-looking analyses.

This yearly edition counts on renowned authors’ contributions, including academics, politicians, and civil society representatives.
Democracy in the face of disadvantage
23 January – FEPS HQ

Join us as we unveil the findings of an 18-month research project. We captured the perspectives of over 100 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds across five EU countries —🇭🇺 Hungary, 🇮🇪 Ireland, 🇫🇷 France, 🇵🇱 Poland, and 🇪🇸 Spain. Complemented by insights from over 50 experts in politics, youth work, and academia, the survey analyses young people’s attitudes toward democracy.

What needs to be done to integrate young people and protect democracy? We’ll explore this question alongside Fundacion Felipe González, Fondation Jean-Jaurès (FJJ), Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and Szociális Demokráciáért Intézet.

19 January – Vienna, Austria

If women‘s rights are called into question, democracy and the rule of law as a whole are called into question. In the spirit of former National Council President Barbara Prammer, we are taking the 10th Barbara-Prammer-Symposium as an opportunity to gather women across different sectors.

With the SPÖ Federal Women, the Karl-Renner-Institut, and the SPÖ Parliament Club.
UPCOMING EVENT
FEPS-Fabian New Year Conference
Plans for power
20 January – London, UK – Hybrid

Continuing the tradition established a decade ago between FEPS and the Fabian Society and as we head into a crucial year, join us online or at London’s Guildhall to hear from leading voices in the Labour Party about their plans for power.

POLICY STUDY
By Alonso Escamilla | With FES, FJJ, Foundation Max van der Stoel, Fundacja Amicus Europae, Kalevi Sorsa -säätiö, and Karl-Renner-Institut.

We are launching the new series ‘Progressive Ukraine’ on Ukraine’s progressive recovery and transformation.

This first publication focuses on the importance of involving Ukrainian youth as active stakeholders in their nation’s post-war recovery and transformation.
Read more.
PODCAST

In this episode of Euractiv’s Beyond the Byline podcast, journalist Evi Kiorri and Andriy Korniychuk, FEPS Policy Analyst on International Relations, take a deep dive into the agreement reached by EU member states to initiate talks with the European Parliament concerning a €50 billion aid package for Ukraine. Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orbán has so far vetoed the EU’s proposed €50 billion for the Ukraine Facility fund. However, he has indicated he is willing to lift the veto – under certain conditions. What are these conditions, and why is Hungary considering changing its position? Read more.
PROGRESSIVE PAGE
By Thomas Dermine


In an era of growing social uncertainties, global competition and challenges in climate adaptation and mitigation, a progressive European Union must assert itself on the world stage and vigorously uphold its distinctive social model. The revival of strategic investments and the consolidation of social Europe will headline the agenda during Belgium’s presidency of the Council of the European Union. Read more.
Photo credits: Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union / Vlad Vanderkelen
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