Since its inception, the European Semester has attracted interest in its effects on EU’s social outcomes. Nevertheless, the Semester is devoid of a framework to monitor socio-economic inequalities within member states.
In this study, Lorenza Antonucci and Francesco Corti propose a new framework to address the current Semester’s limitations by: considering the rising socio-economic insecurity of the European lower-middle classes; connecting the social and economic aspects of the Semester; exploiting the redistributive effects of taxation.
As European Semester will play a key role in the implementation of such Recovery Plans, it becomes essential to push forward the revision process of this fundamental coordination tool and transform it into a useful instrument able to grasp the changes affecting vital aspects of our daily life: health, education and work.
Accordingly, they develop a set of 9 recommendations for a new Semester that truly tackles inequalities. The key recommendation is to start monitoring inequalities. Currently, there is a focus on absolute poverty and little information about the trends affecting the European middle class. The indices of the Semester must be upgraded; monitoring work precarity, households’ financial insecurities and access to key services like child and elderly care have to be part of the European toolkit for the coordination of the recovery.
En Europe, le marché unique fête ses 30 ans, entre satisfaction et désillusion
by Le Monde 01/02/2023
'In Europe, the single market celebrates its 30th anniversary, between satisfaction and disillusionment' Le Monde article with an intervention by László Andor, FEPS Secretary General
L’Italia non riesce a usare il Pnrr: abbiamo speso solo un terzo dei 42 miliardi di euro stanziati
by L'Espresso 09/01/2023
'Italy fails to take advantage of the NRRP: we have spent only one-third of the 42 billion euros allocated' L'Espresso article on the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Plans.
Gli effetti della crisi sulle famiglie e sul settore dell’agricoltura
by Radio Vaticana 19/12/2022
"The impact of the crisis on families and the agricultural sector" Radio Vaticana. Interview (18'45) with David Rinaldi, FEPS Director of Studies and Policy, on the Recovery Watch series of publications
Nuova economia ok, ma l’inquinamento?
by Il Fatto Quotidiano 19/12/2022
"A new economy OK, but what about pollution?" Il Fatto Quotidiano article on FEPS Policy Study "Policy challenges and actions for a just climate transition"
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