10 December 2014, Paris
The OECD and WWWforEurope have cooperated on a workshop exploring "How to further enhance Welfare, Wealth and Work in Europe?". "New Approaches to Economic Challenges" (NAEC) and WWWforEurope have many points in common: They share a broad, multi-dimensional approach and aim to provide a basis to inform policy-making on long-term social, economic and environmental challenges. On December 10th, 2014 a joint OECD – WWWforEurope workshop, organized by the Permanent Delegation of Austria to the OECD and WIFO, took place in the OECD headquarters in Paris. Members from the WWWforEurope consortium presented findings of the work carried out so far, as well as central topics and also controversial themes from the project. The attending stake-holders and OECD representatives engaged them in lively discussions.
The first session was devoted to an overview of the background and central questions of the WWWforEurope project. Domenico Rossetti explained the role of large-scale research projects such as WWWforEurope to support the work of the Commission and to help to manage the socio-ecological transition. Karl Aiginger placed the spotlight on the need for Europe to aim for a "high-road" strategy and outlined the vision for Europe 2050.
In the second session, Martine Durand, Dirk Pilat and David Bailey provided inputs on the question of long-term productivity and drivers for economic change. Industrial policy and the role of manufacturing took a prominent role in this session. In the third session, Jeroen van den Bergh engaged Shardul Agrawala, Anthony Cox and the audience with an impulse statement in which he proposed to shift policy-focus consistently away from the issue of economic growth and to adopt an agnostic or neutral approach to GDP growth.
In the fourth session, Georg Fischer, Thomas Leoni and Stefano Scarpetta discussed how welfare states can adapt to meet the "inequality challenge" resulting from the long-term increase in economic inequality and the additional negative impact of the crisis on distributional dynamics. This session revolved around the strengths and potential shortcomings of the social investment strategy as encompassing social policy paradigm. In the final session, Mathilde Mesnard and Elena Flores summarized main findings of the workshop and provided an outlook on the challenges that lie ahead.
5 December 2014, Brussels
Directorate General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) of the European Commission commemorated in dignity the historical events that transformed Europe by liberating the nations of East and Central Europe from communist and soviet rule. The event organised by the 'Reflective societies' unit at the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain in Brussels on the 5th of December was a remarkable success with the presence of more than 100 participants and several national media.
The conference presented important insights of social sciences and humanities concerning the transformation process and formulated policy recommendations for deepening the integration of the European Union's Eastern and Western members or with regard to future enlargements. The speakers of the conference, whether contemporary political actors, researchers or representatives of many European institutions (like the European Parliament, European Economic and Social Committee, Committee of the Regions and European Commission) entered into genuine discussion about both the critical interpretation of and the lessons to learn from the quarter-century long transition and enlargement process. They also put in relief remarkable coherence in their approach to the worrying political and military developments in Ukraine and along the Eastern borders of the EU.
Our event gave also place to the launch of the DG RTD review paper "25 Years After the Fall of the Iron Curtain. The state of integration of East and West in the European Union". The publication was presented by its author, professor Péter Balázs, ex-commissioner for regional policy and former Hungarian minister of Foreign Affairs. The publication's final version will be available in paper and electronic format in January 2015.
20 November 2014, Brussels
The NOPOOR project will be evaluated at mid-term by the European Commission (DG RTD) on 20th November 2014. The Consortium will have to emphasise the extent to which the work done tends towards achieving the objectives written in the DoW (description of work). With this occasion, several scientific programmes will be presented to the audience, in order to expose the current state of the research.
The NOPOOR project addresses poverty through new lens and multiple angles. Seven main topics discuss the multidimensionality of poverty: concepts and measurement, international aid, impact of globalisation, labour market and informal sector, education and social policies, role of the state and scenarios for the future. After more than two years, the first results are now being released, mostly represented by study cases. Some of the studies have been presented during the Dakar policy seminar in June 2014 which involved several West African policy makers. Furthermore, individual papers were presented during various seminars and were also submitted to international journals.
For registrations, please contact:
Delia Visan, Project manager, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, France , firstname.lastname@example.org, or
Zoltán KRASZNAI, Policy and Project Officer, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission, email@example.com
19 November 2014, Brussels
Fifty stakeholders participated at the GLAMURS workshop on "Co-producing knowledge for supporting transitions to sustainable lifestyles and a green economy in Europe" (CSIC, Brussels, 19/11/2014) . This workshop was divided in two sessions: in the morning with presentations and question-answers; in the afternoon with interactive and participatory methods that allowed to implement an active interface between researchers and EU policy-makers on sustainable lifestyles and green economy.