FEPS Weekly Newsletter 23 Sept 2022

FEPS Weekly Newsletter
📅 Recovery Watch, migration, energy, climate, gender, future of Europe and more…
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Upcoming Events
Recovery Watch
29 September, FEPS Headquarters, Brussels

Take part in the first Recovery Watch annual gathering!

What are the lessons to be learned from the national recovery plans? Will the NRRPs be able to drive us towards a more socially and environmentally sustainable society?

Among the speakers: Mariana Vieira da Silva, Portuguese Minister of the Presidency; Thomas Dermine, Belgian State Secretary for Economic Recovery and Strategic Investment; Mario Nava, Director-General at EC DG REFORM; Fabrizio Barca, Coordinator of the Forum Disuguaglianze e Diversità and former Italian Minister of Territorial Cohesion.

👁️About the Recovery Watch research project: FEPS, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and the Institut Emile Vandervelde (IEV), in collaboration with several first-rate research organisations, have built a structured network of experts to monitor the implementation of NRRPs and assess their impact on key social outcomes.
Disinformation on migration after the invasion of Ukraine
28 September, EPC Headquarters, Brussels

In this hybrid event we will discuss the actions needed to build up societal resilience against disinformation and promote a more balanced and informed public discourse on migration.

Drawing on two studies by FEPS, the European Policy Center and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (
2020 study and 2021 study), it will also offer an opportunity to reflect on existing and future challenges, particularly in relation to the displacement of millions of Ukrainians in Europe.

Disinformation distorts perceptions and shapes political discourse. It taps into people’s worries, amplifying them. Manipulated statistics, out-of-context information, and false claims about migrants and refugees are particularly pervasive. Disinformation narratives frame them as a fundamental threat to Europeans’ health, wealth and identity. Join us to find out what we can do to fight disinformation.
Geopolitics of energy & the green transition
27 September, FEPS Headquarters, Brussels

The disruption of the flow of hydrocarbons from Russia has put Europe in a situation where the continent is faced with the double challenge of maintaining energy security while also living up to its commitments to address the climate crisis. The – sometimes novel and unorthodox – measures and policies that are being adopted in this context are likely to have long-term repercussions that are not limited to the energy field.

To better understand the connection between short-term crisis responses and long-term implications across various policy domains, this FEPS experts’ roundtable is adopting a foresight approach.
The path towards a socially just Fit for 55 package
27 September, FEPS Headquarters, Brussels

To map out how the inclusion of social issues into European climate policy has taken place in the European Parliament, this “Experts Meet Policymakers Exchange” aims to foster a dialogue between members of different political groups, researchers and policy experts.

MEPs will reflect on which social issues they regard as most important, and how they have translated their ideas into concrete policy proposals in the four legislative files that are addressed in the ongoing CISL-FEPS research project.

Participants addressed how the COVID-19 crisis has had a magnifying glass effect on gender imbalances in the labour market. They also discussed the favourable opportunities arising from recent policy developments offering progressive answers to old forms of inequalities (gender pay gaps, labour market gender segregation, career differences) as well as new ones (underemployment or part-time work).

This event was part of the FEPS Employment Breakfast Series:

Groceries at your doorstep in less than 20 minutes. That’s the promise of a relatively new segment of the platform economy. But little is known about the business models behind this promise, the working conditions and labour organising. In this session at the Hans-Boeckler-Stiftung‘s annual LABOR.A Conference, we shared and discussed early insights from the research being carried out by FEPS and UNI Europa.

During the UNGA 77 week in New York, FEPS is expanding its global partnership. Among others, FEPS President Maria João Rodrigues and Senior Fellow Jo Leinen met with Richard Ponzio, Director of Global Governance, Justice and Security Program at the Stimson Center, to discuss the global governance architecture.

In a UNGA side event organised by the Stimson Center and the Global People Assembly, FEPS President participated in the discussion to introduce the Global Future Forum as a key civil society event in 2023 and to launch a collective drafting process to strengthen global governance structures in order to deliver on the 2030 Agenda.

FEPS President also met Dr Michael Broening, Executive Director of FES New York, to discuss how to bring truly progressive perspectives into the discussions around the New Global Deal. FEPS Vice-President Uwe Optenhoegel joined the discussion online.

Following the EU care strategy presentation, FEPS, FES and CEPS co-hosted an experts meeting to discuss the ambition of the European Commission and critically assess this new initiative.

This week, FEPS hosted the participants of the Managing Global Governance Academy for an enriching discussion on the EU’s path to the digital decade and on the global governance for a digital future. The participants were professionals working in governmental organisations, policy-oriented think tanks, research institutions, civil society, and private sector organisations based in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and South Africa.
Last week, in her yearly State of the Union address, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen appealed to the ‘spirit of Maastricht’ to overcome the challenges the European Union is currently facing.

30 years after the treaty that turned the Communities into a Union, however, the EU remains a largely incomplete project. And the rules that were forged 30 years ago have hindered the process of building the ‘ever closer union’ that the authors of those rules were dreaming of, rather than paving the way to it.
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Warfare and the State of our Union
by Maria João Rodrigues

In her recent speech about the State of the Union, President Von der Leyen was right to focus on the challenges raised by the war in Ukraine, but she was short on a long-term vision, and on a plan to cope with its real nature. Read More
The far-right Sweden
by Anders Lindberg

In the elections in Sweden, the coalition led by Magdalena Andersson and the Social Democrats lost two seats in parliament, from 175 to 173, and thereby lost the majority to a conservative coalition under Ulf Kristersson. It was no landslide, and the new government will, like the previous one, most likely be a complete parliamentary mess. But this is our new normal. Read More
#124 FEPS Talks Podcast
Reasons for hope: the plans and prospects for the Australian Labor Party

🎙️Professor Rob Manwaring, Flinders University in Adelaide, and Dr Ania Skrzypek, FEPS Director for Research and Training, connect to discuss the recent unprecedented victory of Anthony Albanese Australian Labor Party and the inspiration that it may provide for sister parties across the globe.

On 21 May 2022, Australian Labor Party, led by Anthony Albanese, noted an unprecedented victory, forming then a government and preventing the 4th term of the Liberal Party. What led to that success? What is on the agenda? Which challenges does ALP share with the other sister parties across the globe?

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