FEPS Newsletter 9 June 2023 – NRRPs, Care4Care, Next Left, EU Political Academy and Migration

📅 FEPS Newsletter: NRRPs, Care4Care, Next Left, EU Political Academy and Migration
Recovery Watch, Policy lunch, Conference on the future of Europe, Progressive Migration Group…
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Upcoming Events
Ubiquitous? Omnipresent? FEPS was everywhere this past week.

We shared ideas on the Future of Europe in Siena 🇮🇹; explored new narratives on migration in Barcelona 🇪🇸; online 🌐 we talked about the working conditions in childcare; then toured Brussels 🇧🇪 with our EU Political Academy’s fellows; analysed right-wing populism in the EP 🇪🇺; we connected to 🇬🇷 to discuss EU welfare. And we wrote about 🌍 global governance.

Where to go next? Join us in London 🇬🇧 for the launch of our latest book ‘Europe and the War in Ukraine’ 🇺🇦
By Jonathan Zeitlin, David Bokhorst and Edgars Eihmanis

In addition to its remarkable financial envelope, the RRF also marks an important step forward in EU governance. This study, in collaboration with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), Institut Emile Vandervelde and Amsterdam Centre for European Studies, assesses the effectiveness and legitimacy of the RRF’s design, by analysing its practical functioning during the drafting, implementation and monitoring of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans in eight member states. Read more.
20 June – London, UK – Hybrid

The EU has a crucial role to play in Ukraine’s post-war recovery and transformation.
Through a progressive lens the new volume published by FEPS aims to answer a number of fundamental questions pertaining to the future of economic reforms and democratic governance in Ukraine. As the London Ukraine Recovery conference is upon us, we will build on the book and beyond in the discussion of Ukraine’s losses, prospects, proposals on the table and those that are lacking. Join us for the launch event of the book ‘Europe and the War in Ukraine‘, in collaboration with PEGFA University of Greenwich and London School of Economics.
5 June – Online

Children have to be seen, heard, respected, valued and taken into account. The same goes for the workers taking care of them. However, this is, currently, not the case.
As highlighted in our policy study ‘The European Care Strategychildcare is underfunded, and there is a lack of recognition for the important work that is done daily by childcare workers. The EU has a crucial responsibility in initiating transformative policies towards changing social and gender norms and incentivising public investment in care. We discuss it with experts in our ongoing Care4Care policy series. Watch the latest if you missed it, and join us for the next one ‘The future of Care: platform work & digitalisation‘.
Next Left Lecture
8 June – FEPS HQ & EP

Daphne Halikiopoulou, Chair in Comparative Politics, York University, chaired the third Next Left Lecture. She described right-wing populist parties in the EU and their multifacetedness.
Who are far-right voters and what moves them towards those parties? Why is co-opting the far-right ideas not convenient, and counter-productive for the left? Watch the full video.

These Lectures are part of the Next Left Research Programme, co-organised by FEPS and Karl-Renner-Institut, under the leadership of Andreas Schieder, MEP S&D.
Siena Conference on the Future of Europe
8-10 June – Siena, Italy
Vision Think Tank, in partnership with University of Siena and European University Institute, organised the fourth Conference on the Future of Europe with the cooperation of the major think tanks and European political foundations, among which: FEPS.
Maria João Rodrigues, FEPS President, shared ideas on why we need to assess the state of the world and decide what kind of role the EU should play in it. David Rinaldi, FEPS Director of Studies and Policy, introduced the panel ‘Recovery and Resilience Facility: can milestone-based investment and reforms work for a stronger Europe?’. Jerome Creel, co-author of ‘Making Next-Gen EU a permanent tool‘ and Jonathan Zeitlin, co-author of ‘Governing the RFF‘, were among the speakers present at the event.
6-8 June – Brussels, Belgium

One more cycle of the FEPS-KarlRenner-Institut European Political Academy concluded in Brussels after four training sessions held in Vienna.
This Brussels visit allowed the participants to deepen their knowledge of FEPS’ mission and the main projects underway, to understand what discussions are taking place in the European Parliament one year before the European elections and what the main activities of the Austrian S&D delegation are as well as the role in the EU of the Austrian representation. Finally, participants had separate meetings with progressive sister organisations.
8-9 June – Barcelona, Spain

FEPS, together with FES EU Office and Fondation Jean-Jaurès, established a new group of migration experts from Africa and Europe. The Progressive Migration Group, chaired by Anna Terrón Cusí, will continue exploring the relations and cooperation between the EU and the countries of origin and transit,
abandoning the prevailing stagnant narratives surrounding migration, and trying to formulate innovative recommendations and policy proposals for progressive forces in the field. Read more about the first meeting.

Andreas Schieder, MEP S&D Group, discussed with Ania Skrzypek, FEPS Director for Research and Training, about the 2024 EU elections, European social democracy, and the latest Next Left’s volume: ‘Crisis and progressive politics: How to make hard choices and succeed?’.
by Maria João Rodrigues

The signs of crisis in the system of global governance created after the Second World War are multiplying. If these trends continue, it is not difficult to predict that we will have, in addition to a West that can no longer lead the world alone, a fragmented and weakened multilateral system, incapable of responding to the highly pressing challenges,
from climate, poverty, nuclear weapons or artificial intelligence. However, Europe has a choice. Read more.
Photo credits: Shutterstock/ Christophe Roland

🎙️ What are the implications of moving towards a life-course perspective? What are the political lines around care and family policy that will shape the future of this policy field? How to finance welfare if stagflation endures?
Anna Diamantopoulou, President of DIKTIO, former Greek minister and European commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, reflects with David Rinaldi, FEPS Director of Studies and Policy, on the ongoing and upcoming societal transformations that require innovation and ambition on welfare policy. The exchange also looks at the contribution of the Commission’s ‘High-Level Group on the Future of Social Protection in the EU and of the Welfare State in the EU Members’.

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