FEPS Weekly Newsletter 8 April 2022

08/04/2022
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📅 Hungary elections, Intergenerational Solidarity, Circular economy…
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Events
FEPS Headquarters (Brussels), 27 April 2022

To mark the European Day of Solidarity between Generations, the Young European Socialists (YES) and the European Seniors Organisation (ESO), together with the Party of European Socialists (PES) and FEPS, are organising an event to bring together young and old activists and policymakers to reflect on how civic education can empower people to exercise their right to participate.

This event comes after two successful editions in 2020 and 2021, that tackled the fight against climate change and the challenges and opportunities of the health and care sectors, respectively.
PAST EVENT

We looked at the election result in Hungary and its impact on the EU and the progressive European family, together with:
  • Klára Dobrev, Hungarian Member of the European Parliament, S&D Group
  • Anikó Gregor, Assistant Professor at the Faculty for Social Sciences, Eötvös Loránd University Budapest
  • Mariá Skóra, Policy Fellow, Das Progressive Zentrum
  • The event was opened with remarks by László Andor, FEPS Secretary General
PAST EVENT
FEPS Headquarters (Brussels), 5 April 2022

Did you miss the launch event of the book 📕The Circular Economy and Green Jobs in the EU and Beyond? The video recording is now available!

Editors and authors presented their assessment of current EU circular economy policies in light of their research and engaged with EU policymakers and other stakeholders just days after the publication of the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package!

The book is edited by Janis Brizga and Saïd El Khadraoui and includes a foreword by Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the European Commission.
POLICY STUDY
Citizens’ Europe – An institutional turn for an ever-democratic union?

By Alvaro Oleart, Fabio Di Nunno, Michele Fiorillo and Seamus Montgomery

This last Policy Study of the 7th cycle of the FEPS Young Academic Network (FEPS YAN) outlines a vision of the ongoing Conference on the Future of Europe from various perspectives. It sets out proposals on how the CoFoE should contribute to making the EU more democratic. Read the Policy Study
POLICY BRIEF
Labour and the past, present and future of Work

By Andrew Pakes, Frederick Harry Pitts

Most of us spend most of our time at work. Work is what we do, where we go, who we know and how we get on in life. But while they might have a lot to say about salaries or employment figures, our politicians have less to offer when it comes to work itself.

Left and right agree we need more ‘good jobs’ – but do we know what good jobs are?. Read the Policy Brief
PROGRESSIVE PAGE
by Jean-Marc Ayrault

The invasion of Ukraine by Russia is a real tragedy that will permanently upset international relations and brutally call into question many of our approaches.

But let’s be clear: President Vladimir Putin’s brutality comes from afar. And for a possible future solution to the conflict, the EU must be around the table.
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EUROPEAN PROGRESSIVE OBSERVATORY

If you thought Hungarian politics could not surprise any more, you would have to think again. Despite an abysmal management of the coronavirus crisis, the experience of runaway inflation, and teachers organising nationwide strikes due to poor salaries and working conditions, Viktor Orbán managed to increase the vote share of his party and retain a constitutional majority in parliament.

Outside the capital city Budapest, the one-party state is practically complete, and after four years of right-wing assaults against institutions of culture and higher education, Orbán is now expected to turn his guns on local governments where the democratic opposition still holds positions.
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On Sunday, 26 March, national elections took place in Malta. With six parties competing for the 67 seats of the House of Representatives, it was the incumbent Labour Party that emerged as a strong winner, with 55,11 per cent of the votes cast in their favour.

These votes translated into a clear majority of 38 Members of the Parliament. The turnout was 85,3 per cent.
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by Andeas Dimmelmeier

Just before the European Commission’s new proposals on Circular Economy, FEPS Policy Analyst on Climate and Environment Andreas Dimmelmeier wrote an op-ed on the topic.

“The basic intuition is fairly simple. It aims to replace the linear economic system (i.e. ‘take, make, waste’) with a closed and self-regenerating system. Therefore, the circular economy no longer takes disproportionate amounts from ecological systems while imposing waste and pollution on them. How to create a circular economy is, however, a much more complex question.
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#119 FEPS Talks Podcast
The Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism in the EU and the World

🎙️ MEP Mohammed Chahim, Vice President of the S&D group and rapporteur for the proposed European Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) regulation, gives a broad overview of the rationale, functioning and political debates around the proposal of a CBAM.

What’s the role of the proposed mechanism for establishing a global level playing field in a world of unequal carbon prices? How can a CBAM replace the allocation of free allowances? What’s the role of carbon pricing in the decarbonisation of European industries?

🎧 Listen to this podcast on Spotify | Apple Podcast | Website
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