On January 27 the College of Commissioners hosted an orientation debate on President Juncker's initiative on establishing a European Pillar of Social Rights. DG RTD Open and Inclusive Societies asked Prof. Maurizio Ferrera to elucidate the issues at stake.
How should the welfare state evolve in the 21st century? Researchers are looking at everything from healthcare to immigration to design new systems fit for a post-crisis Europe that is facing challenges such as austerity economics, an ageing society and increased migration.
Read Science Europe's latest opinion paper about the contribution of Humanities research to crossing knowledge boundaries and fostering deep change. Among European best practices, find out more about the FP7 interdisciplinary SSH project MEMOLA. The project brings together researchers of Humanities and Natural Sciences and works closely with local communities in investigating traditional uses of soil and water in Mediterranean mountains. Linking local communities stronger to their ancestral traditions can bring radical and sustainable solutions for ageing societies and fragile landscapes.
The European Commission announces today new initiatives Towards a modern, more European copyright framework. EU-funded social sciences and humanities research proposes a right-based approach concerning digitalisation of European cultural heritage to policy makers and heritage institutions. Research projects also launched the Berlin Charter supporting citizens’ engagement in cultural heritage and humanities research in the digital age.
Cities are at the forefront of the global carbon revolution, breaking established structures and creating new models for integrated systems. At an official side-event at COP21 in Paris, members of the POCACITO project consortium will discuss how cities, serving as hubs of knowledge and learning, are essential catalysts in the global transformation to a post-carbon society. The three guiding questions to be discussed at the of the event will be: What solutions work in cities? How can cities support global climate change mitigation? What level of international coordination works best?
Today the Commission's proposed the European Accessibility Act, setting common requirements for making products and services accessible at more competitive prices to people with disabilities at EU level. The EU funded project, DISCIT has been very active in demonstrating the need for regional accessibility regulation.
The survey sets out general economic and social priorities for the EU and provides Member States with policy guidance for 2016 with the aim of strengthening the recovery and foster convergence. Discover the Social Sciences and Humanities research projects dealing with growth from a variety of perspectives.
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