FEPS Newsletter 21 June 2024 – World Refugee Day

A day to recall our own responsibilities –

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World Refugee Day

This week, we celebrated World Refugee Day, a day in which we are called to celebrate the resilience and courage of those who are forced to leave their homes and lives to flee violence, persecution, and war. This day is also here to remember our own responsibilities, duties and commitments to refugees and asylum seekers. 


On this week, FEPS wishes to share its work on the topic, particularly its most recent analyses of the New Pact and the challenges and criticalities that its implementation will pose for the EU and its member states. 

The new Screening and Border Procedures: Towards a seamless migration process?

In collaboration with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and European Policy Centre


This new Policy Study series analyses the newly adopted reforms introduced by the New Pact on Migration and Asylum and the criticalities that its implementation will raise:

By Gesine Schwan


This innovative book suggests a humane approach to receiving refugees in Europe based on the strengthening of the role of municipalities and their civil society in the relocation and reception of people in need of protection. While this proposal may not be a panacea for the complex EU migration and refugee policy, the strategies outlined in this book could benefit the hosting communities as much as the newcomers.

Towards a humane refugee policy for the EU
Progressive Migration Group meeting


Progressive Migration Group meeting

11-12 June – Online – In collaboration with FES

Continuing the crucial work of the Progressive Migration Group (PMG), this meeting focused on three key challenges: the implications of the EU Asylum reform for the African countries, the labour shortage in the EU and the establishment of legal pathways, and the African perspectives on the complex interplay between EU migration and development policy on the continent.


The policy recommendations from this meeting will be presented in the next PMG public conference on 10 September 2024 in Brussels. 



The transformative power of economic democracy

Towards democratic practices in public spending, the workplace, urban planning and public services

3 July – EESC, Brussels  In collaboration with the European Economic and Social Committee and the Open Society Foundations

The transformative power of economic democracy

How would our economy look like if the objective of our policies was not profit maximisation but the inclusion of people?


During this event, we will bring together researchers, practitioners, policymakers and activists to explore modern approaches and practices that help build and scale up economic democracy in the following fields: 

  • Democracy in public spending: Spending for people’s well-being 
  • Democracy at the workplace: Sharing power through employee participation and ownership
  • Democratising public services and urban planning: How to make public ownership democratic.
Progressive Governance Summit 2024


Progressive Governance Summit 2024

Progressive security: Championing change in times of uncertainty

21-22 June – Berlin, Germany  FEPS is co-organising with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung three forums at the Progressive Governance Summit by Das Progressive Zentrum

Join leading international politicians, thinkers and strategists from both sides of the Atlantic at this year’s Progressive Governance Summit.


On this occasion, FEPS and FES are organising three forums: 

  • Europe’s economic security beyond competitiveness: Pushing for social progress in the single market 
  • Multilateral governance for the 21st century: UN reforms and global security
  • New Eastern policy and enlargement: A democratic and capable European Union in a changing geopolitical landscape


FEPS network welcomes new members!


FEPS held its annual General Assembly on 20 June, which brought significant developments and new members to the organisation. 

FEPS network welcomes new members!

We are happy to announce the inclusion of two new observer members: the Italian Foundation Demo and the Greek foundation Eteron—Institute for Research and Social Change. Additionally, Fundação Mário Soares e Maria Barroso has transitioned from Observer to Full Member.

Paving the Way to the Pact of the Future Conference


FEPS President at Paving the Way to the Pact of the Future Conference

17-18 June – Lisbon, Portugal Organised by Paving The Way To The Pact of The Future

Maria JoĂŁo Rodrigues spoke in the panel on “Contributing to the Pact of Future”: “We need to implement the SDGs in a new way because the current approach isn’t working. We can’t look at each SDG individually; we must focus on major transformations with a more systemic, integrated perspective. The Summit of the Future should launch a plan where each member state has a true strategic plan and receives financial support, access to technology, and commercial opportunities to implement it.”


FEPS book ‘A New Global Deal‘ is our progressive contribution ahead of the UN Summit of the Future with proposals to reform world governance, address current global challenges and get SDGs back on track 

The Progressive Post


Implementing the freedom to stay

By Enrico Letta, EU Rapporteur on the future of the single market, and President of the Jacques Delors Institute

Implementing the freedom to stay

The EU has the responsibility to deliver for everyone. But it is not yet seen to be for everyone!


In the latest article of the Progressive Post, Enrico Letta discusses his ideas for a more inclusive EU and for a single market that promotes the freedom to move but also the freedom to stay. We want Europe to flourish, a Europe where mobility is a choice and where it is circular: not only from east to west and from south to north, but in all directions. Read more.

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