On Friday 10 June, the European Commission presented the New Skills Agenda for Europe. The initiative is amongst the top priorities outlined in the Commission's Work Programme for 2016 and aims to pave the way for a joint action towards boosting human capital, employability and competitiveness. Open and Inclusive Societies actively contributed to the evidence base of the initiative.
The RICHES FP7 research project presented its final policy recommendations concerning cultural heritage. Researchers, heritage professional and policy officials from 20 EU-funded research projects and from national authorities or the European Commission gathered for a fruitful exchange in Brussels on 23 May. The meeting report highlights the outcomes of the discussion. Two years before the announced 2018 European Year for Cultural Heritage, heritage professionals started the reflection on how to bring back culture and the diverse but shared European heritage into the heart of the European project and citizens' understanding of Europeanisation. Steps were also taken toward the creation of a sustainable, flexible exchange platform of various projects working with European cultural heritage.
22 June 2016, Brussels
The workshop will present the preliminary findings of three EC funded social sciences and humanities projects, which investigate various aspects of transition in countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The project Arabtrans focuses on the transformations of the region in general, while the projects Power2Youth and SAHWA address the role of the youth, including youth engagement, cultures, youth exclusion and prospects for youth-led changes in the region.
Against the background of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, DISCIT has explored three dimensions of citizenship:
Study shows that young people migrating to Britain from across the EU and elsewhere are well integrated into the British labour market and that 60 % of all migrants have higher employment rates, work longer, and are less likely to receive unemployment benefit when compared to their British counterparts.
The Conference Report of the International Conference, Understanding and Tackling the Migration Challenge: The Role of Research, organised by DG RTD and held in Brussels on the 4-5 February 2016 summarises the main discussions and conclusions of the conference, identifies immediate and long-term research needs and provides recommendations for policy making.
Corruption is recognised as a major policy problem across the world. The recent publication of the Panama Papers has highlighted the varying success of combating corruption. Four years into the project, researchers of the ANTICORRP project are discussing the success of the last 15 years of anti-corruption policies. What do the revelations in the Panama Papers tell us about the elites in the developed world? Is Greece successfully moving towards ethical universalism? Are there more examples like Greece than we would care to admit?
This FamiliesAndSociety policy brief tackles the role of laws and policies in shaping gendered interdependencies in families; the way the “sandwich generation” (those likely to raise a child or a grandchild and care for parents at the same time) cares for older parents across countries; transfers in Europe from ageing parents to adult children and vice versa, and the extent to which the financial crisis has affected intergenerational patterns of family support across households.
The final book of the ENGOV project 'Environmental governance in Latin America' studies the nature and background of contemporary environmental governance in Latin America as well as the possibilities for more sustainability and socio-environmental justice. In eleven chapters by an international team of experts, important contemporary political changes in environmental governance are discussed, and new initiatives are analysed.
After four years of research in the EU project Nopoor, the Indian partners and NOPOOR guest researchers presented their new insights towards fighting poverty in a two days policy workshop, reflecting to the current Agenda 2030 of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
8 April 2016, Brussels
DG RTD hosted a workshop on Cultures & Citizenship, which gathered policy relevant Social Sciences and Humanities research projects. The workshop focused on different aspects of cultures and citizenship and explored the emergence, the current challenges and the perspectives of cultural and rights-based Europeanisation. Research results, findings, conclusions and recommendations from the workshop will provide scientific evidence for policy making at all levels.
The European Commission and the European Union External Action Service have published the summary report of the public consultations on the 'post-Cotonou' agreement - the partnership and relations after 2020 between the European Union and the members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP). Read the interviews and contributions from social sciences and humanities projects funded by the European Commission that address issues of relevance for the future cooperation between the EU and the ACP.
Interview with Prof Lester Salamon, part of the FP7 funded SSH project Third Sector Impact on the powerful role of the Social Economy and the Third Sector for job creation and for social innovation.
At the end of the ambitious RurbanAfrica FP7 project several researchers involved in fieldwork were asked to tell in short interviews what they felt was their most significant ‘finding’.
Interview with Bea Cantillon, Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy at the University of Antwerp
The European Commission published today a Communication launching a consultation on a European Pillar of Social Rights. The initiative is part of President Juncker's agenda for upward convergence in employment and social affairs.
Interview with Marta Soler-Gallart, coordinator of Impact-EV
One of the EU funded project, Impact-EV's main objectives is to develop a permanent system of selection, monitoring, evaluation and comparison of the impact and outcomes from European SSH research. Analysing, communicating and improving social impact from research is one of the most pressing demands to all scientific fields.
The peace prospects in the Middle East have been very dim as security issues have for several years now blocked all peace talk. But as David Newman, partner in the EU funded research project EUBORDERSCAPES and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and chair of geopolitics at Ben-Gurion University, observes, the security concerns may actually even threaten peace. From the very qualitative research he led in the regions among Israeli and Palestinian* children on each side of the Separation Wall within the Hebron-KiryatArba area, it is likely that both people are growing more and more alien to each other. As he stress, “the invisibility and lack of knowledge about the other side which has also resulted from the construction of the physical barrier has created a much deeper feeling of fear and insecurity among the younger generations”.
The European Commission has established through DG Research & Innovation intense cooperation with the OECD's Science, Technology and Innovation Directorate. This cooperation has resulted in the launch of the STI Policy Survey 2016, which is a joint product by both institutions. In addition, comprehensive work on the incidence and impact of R&D tax incentives has been launched and an observatory for public sector innovation is being set up.
The OECD Blue Sky 2016 will be held in Ghent, Belgium on 19-21 September 2016. It will showcase examples of data and indicator development with the potential for international adoption, as well as examples of ground-breaking application of existing or new sources addressing questions and providing evidence on the state of science and innovation systems and the role of STI policies worldwide.
To support the current Dutch Presidency of the EU in its objective of strengthening public administration and developing evidence based integrity and anti-corruption policies, the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK) has commissioned researchers from the EU funded project ANTICORRP from the Hertie School of Governance to analyse the relation between integrity and trust in the EU member states.
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 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.