Social sciences and humanities research projects funded under the European Union’s Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation cover several aspects relevant for the EU’s external actions and contribute to the evidence base and sound understanding of the external environment that the EU operates in, in particular when it comes to understanding the cultural complexity of the EU’s partners.
The FP 7 large scale 4 year research project bEUCitizen - Barriers towards EU Citizenship - has held its penultimate annual conference in Oviedo, Spain from 29 June to 1 July. Conference proceedings were conducted in the context and immediate aftermath of the BREXIT referendum in the UK and many discussions centred on the meaning of the negative referendum for EU Citizenship and the future of the EU in general, especially as the project is coming to fruition now and engages in narrative and scenario development. The conference attracted wider interest and the regional newspaper La NUEVA ESPANIA run a story in its 30 June edition.
Did the Panama papers reveal anything new about tax evasion that we did not already know? How does tax evasion contribute to inequalities in Europe, and does it impact women more? The EC funded research project FairTax provides some answers to these questions.
MAXCAP's latest policy brief reveals that EU institutions have coped well with the accession of a large number of new member states. Research also shows that EU accession conditionality and support have had a positive impact on the political systems and economies of candidate countries. By contrast, the EU needs to strengthen its political conditionality and revise its economic policies towards both new member states and non-candidate neighbouring countries.
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.