FEPS Weekly Newsletter 30 Sept 2022

FEPS Weekly Newsletter
📅 Builders of Progress, Progressive Governance Summit, Recovery Watch, migration, energy, Book Enduring Values and more…
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Upcoming Events
Builders of Progress: Europe’s Next Gen survey launch!
11 October – FEPS Headquarters, Brussels

Join us in the launch of the final report of the FEPS’ Builders of Progress project, which provides insights into young Europeans’ hopes, concerns, and opinions.

The event will conclude a three-year research period, during which 19.000 young Europeans aged between 16-38 were surveyed, making it one of Europe’s most extensive youth-focused surveys. The project follows the tradition of FEPS’s long-standing work on researching Millennials and expands it to include Generation Z.
12-13 October – Berlin, Germany

Difficult times call for good friends. And even more so, good friends with a plan. Join leading international politicians, thinkers and strategists from both sides of the Atlantic as we plan what comes next for progressives.

This year’s PGS will explore how to build reliable progressive alliances that can respond to the urgent challenges our democracies are facing while shifting societies to a more green and just future.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz and EC VP Frans Timmermans will be among the speakers. Stay tuned for news on #PGS22!
Recovery Watch

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 Diversitàand former Italian Minister of Territorial Cohesion.

The video of the event and pictures will be available soon. In the meanwhile, you can also find a few highlights in this 🧵Twitter thread!

👁️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

Due to disinformation, a majority of Europeans believe that the migrant population in the EU is 16% when it is actually less than HALF that number! It’s just 7%. 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.

How can we fight disinformation? 📺You can now watch the event where we discussed it. You can also find a few highlights in this 🧵Twitter thread.

This event follows two studies by FEPS, the European Policy Center and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (2020 study and 2021 study). A third study will be published soon. You can find more about FEPS’ work on disinformation and migration here!

Next events will take place in🇩🇪Berlin on 21 October and in 🇮🇹Rome on 7 November.
Geopolitics of energy & the green transition

The war in Ukraine is reshuffling the geopolitical cards. What does it mean for the future of energy? Europe is facing the double challenge of maintaining energy security while living up to its commitments to address the climate crisis. The – sometimes novel and unorthodox – measures and policies adopted in this context are likely to have long-term repercussions and not in the energy field alone.

To better understand the connection between short-term crisis responses and long-term implications across various policy domains, this FEPS experts’ roundtable, in partnership with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, adopted a much-needed foresight approach.

We’ll soon publish a Policy Brief on this topic.
The path towards a socially just Fit for 55 package

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” aimed at fostering a dialogue between members of different political groups, researchers and policy experts.

MEPs reflected 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.

On the occasion of the UK Labour Party Annual Conference that took place this week, the newest product of the collaboration between FEPS and the Fabian Society is now available online.

This collection of essays was put together to serve as an inspiration for conversations about progressivism in the United Kingdom and the European Union, benefiting from contributors such as EU-UK leading politicians, outstanding academics, and renowned experts on public opinion. Read More

Interview with FEPS Secretary General László Andor on the conditionality mechanism to Hungary.

The European Commission’s recent decision to suspend €7.5 billion of EU cohesion funds to Hungary is meant to push Orbán’s government to redress at least some of the country’s rule-of-law discrepancies. But will it be enough to bring Hungary back on a democratic track?

“I think a lot of people in Brussels just fell too much in love with this approach to sanction and conditionality”. In Andor’s view, as long as the conditionality mechanism is considered the “magic solution” that will solve the problem, the EU will not consider other options, such as channelling funds directly to pro-democratic organisations and media outlets. Read more
PROGRESSIVE PAGE – International Safe Abortion Day
While abortion has always been a contested issue, we have recently witnessed a renewed activism aiming to erode women’s human right to control their bodies.

The ongoing concerted action to undermine abortion laws needs to be analysed and countered decisively. Including the right to abortion in the EU Charter on Fundamental rights could be an important step.
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On Sunday 25 September 2022, Italian citizens went to the polls. The snap election followed this summer’s governmental crisis that saw the fall of the coalition government led by Mario Draghi. The emotional, polarising campaign did not boost mobilisation, and the vote noted an unprecedently low turnout of 63.7 per cent. 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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