FEPS Newsletter 24 March 2023 – Mental health, Dark Stores, dossier on centre-right & many news

📅 FEPS Newsletter: mental health, Dark Stores, dossier on centre-right & many news
EU mental health strategy, q-commerce, GFF, job guarantee & more
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Upcoming Events
Mental health is recognised both as an intrinsic human right and as an invaluable resource by the EU. In our recently published research, you can find out why we now call for an EU Mental Health Strategy. This week we also published the new dossier of the Progressive Post, which is keeping an eye on our historical main rival: the centre-right. Can it still be taken intellectually seriously? Finally, if you enjoy the comfort of super-fast delivery services to your doorstep, join our event next Tuesday; we will discuss ways to make it sustainable for the q-commerce’s workers.
by Gerry Mitchell, Shana Cohen, Sara Bojarczuk and Emily Murphy

Mental health is recognised both as an intrinsic human right and as an invaluable resource by the EU. Together with the Think tank for Action on Social Change (TASC), we examine the mental health systems of France, Ireland and Poland, the scale of mental health issues that have arisen during the pandemic, and the extent to which marginalised and at-risk groups receive targeted support. We call for an EU Mental Health Strategy. Read more.
Dark stores: Back to the Dark Ages?
28 March – FEPS HQ – Hybrid

Quick-commerce is a service aimed at achieving superfast delivery from ‘dark stores’ to consumers. They use worker-intensive methods to deliver impressive convenience to your door. But who pays the price?
We discovered that since this business is hard to make financially sustainable, the workers and riders are the ones who bear the actual costs.

Join us on 28 March, at FEPS HQ, at the launch event of the two studies commissioned by FEPS and UNI Europa into the q-commerce sector. We investigated Germany, Spain and the UK, and unveiled the health conditions of the employees in the sector, their job security and social rights.

We were in New York for the Global Futures Forum, a civil society-led gathering that aims at forging a new global consensus on what our future should look like. It also serves to ensure that civil society perspectives are engaged in the preparatory process of 2024 Summit of the Future.
Maria João Rodrigues, FEPS President, emphasised that future generations should be seriously considered and that we need to take the right decisions today to provide them with good living conditions tomorrow.
Photo credits: Global Futures Forum
László Andor, FEPS Secretary General, took part in the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Rezső Nyers’ birth, founding President of the Hungarian Socialist Party in 1989, who had been the initiator of economic reforms in the 1960s and the leading figure of democratic socialism in Hungary.
Photo credits: Institute for Social Democracy
by László Andor

In this article published in the Hungarian media website Mérce, László Andor, FEPS Secretary General, looks back at the invasion of Iraq, launched exactly 20 years ago, in the light of today’s international situation. Read more.
Photo credits: United States Marines

The findings of our case studies on the mental health systems in France, Ireland and Poland attracted the attention of Irish media, such as RTÉ and Irish Examiner.
Photo credits: freepick
Let’s end involuntary unemployment!
European survey on the perception of unemployment and publicly funded jobs

What’s the best way to fight unemployment? How do we get decent work and transform our economy into a more sustainable society?
We want to hear your voice to collect citizens’ opinions on long-term unemployment and the potential for an EU-wide permanent program for direct, guaranteed public service employment. Take the survey here!

The Progressive Post focuses this dossier on the centre-right, which has, for decades, been Progressives’ main rival, but one that could be respected and taken seriously not only because of its electoral relevance but also because of the consistency of its political views. The question is, can it still be taken intellectually seriously, beyond its electoral relevance?
Fighting for equality rather than copying far-right populist positions on immigration by Daphne Halikiopoulou and Tim Vlandas
Christian Democracy’s crisis is bad for everyone – including the left by Fabio Wolkenstein
How Fidesz undermines Hungarian support for the EU by András Bíró-Nagy
📚 Read more.
Photo credits: Shutterstock/ Alexandros Michailidis

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