FEPS Weekly Newsletter 11 March 2022

FEPS Weekly Newsletter
📅 Russia, gender equality, climate, labour market..
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Upcoming Events
Vienna, 14 March, 18:30 20:00

FEPS and partners are gathering experts and policymakers for a special conference in Vienna, which will look at how the current crisis will redefine the field of EU-Russia relations for the years to come.

Štefan Füle, Former European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, and Hannes Swoboda, President of the International Institute for Peace and Former S&D President, will be part of the speakers’ panel.

Join us in Vienna, at the premises of the Renner Insititut, or follow the live streaming!

Online, 17 March, 19:00 – 20:30

This event will take place in the context of the 66th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Its priority theme will be achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change.

FEPS, Fondation Jean Jaurès, PES Women and UN Women Germany join forces to bring forward a new social contract to the climate emergency rooted in ecofeminist values.

Svenja Schulze, German Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, will deliver the keynote speech.
Tallinn,18 March, 13:30-17:25 CET

This event responds to the need to urgently develop and communicate a vision of just environmental and climate politics by bringing together researchers, progressive policymakers and foundations from the Nordic and Baltic regions and the European level.

On the occasion of the #IWD2022, FEPS launched a special campaign and presented several contributions – through all digital channels and different media, such as Politico, Euractiv and Social Europe – with a particular focus on economic and care inequalities. A few highlights:

🌍 EU Care Atlas, a new interactive data map to help uncover what the statistics are often hiding: how care deficits directly feed into the gender earnings gap. In the EU, women earn annually 36.7% less than men.

📚 Policy Study Creating Momentum for Fair Pay: Assessing Policies with Leverage.

🎧 FEPS Talks podcast Creating momentum for fair pay.

Discover these and other relevant analyses ahead of the Plenary vote on the proposed EU Pay Transparency directive and the upcoming EU Care Strategy.
By László Andor and Laeticia Thissen

Article published at Social Europe ahead of the presentation of the EU Directive proposal on combating violence against women and domestic violence, on March 8th:

“(…) The EU must live up to its fundamental values of equal opportunity and the right of non-discrimination by offering a minimum standard of protection across the EU to combat gender-based violence effectively. Echoing the calls of women’s rights movements (…) these efforts should be multi-layered (…)” Read more
In the media

This week, FEPS President Maria João Rodrigues publicly
addressed some of the most recent developments in international and European politics, including the Russian invasion of Ukraine:

– Op-ed “The implications of the war in Ukraine for the European project“, published by Público.
– Interview with Agência Lusa reported by Noticias ao Minuto, on the need to move forward on asylum, energy and security in the face of the war in Ukraine.
– Interview with Agência Lusa reported by Noticias ao Minuto on the regional inequalities in Europe.
by Maria João Rodrigues

The time seems to have come when the EU has to assume itself as a geopolitical entity, with an enhanced role and responsibility in global governance and towards its neighbourhood.

Let us see the first
decisions that will be taken by the extraordinary European Council meeting this week in Versailles. The implications of the war in Ukraine will be far-reaching: for the Ukrainian people first of all, but also for the role of democratic rules in the global order, for the redrawing of the map of Europe and the future of the European project.
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by Agnes Jongerius

It was the early spring of 1957, when a group of smartly dressed gentlemen were sitting at a table in Rome. After a long day of meetings, the gentlemen signed a document that laid the foundation for the future European Union: the Treaty of Rome.

Most ideas that originated there have been made reality over the last 65 years, like the creation of the customs union, a European Social Fund or even the establishment of the European Commission as we know it today. However, one fundamental principle is still missing proper execution. Article 119 asks for: “the application of the principle that men and women should receive equal pay for equal work”.
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Stephen Bevan, Head of HR Research Development at the Institute for Employment Studies and László Andor, FEPS Secretary General, discuss the impact of COVID-19 in the working conditions, based on the results of the new study about the UK, and compare the main conclusions with the situation in the countries and regions of the EU.

They highlight how the pandemic created the concept of “key workers” and gave rise to new practices like homeworking. The impact on social inequalities and flexible forms of employment and issues related to health at work were also discussed.

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Strategic Autonomy

This paper analyses Europe’s alleged primacy in the regulation of emerging technologies and assesses whether the so-called ‘Brussels effect’ can help the EU achieve prominence as a global regulator in the digital space.

It finds that the Brussels effect while existing is not only exaggerated in the public debate but is also at risk of gradual erosion over the coming years.

Read the Policy Brief

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