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.
The current ACP-EC Partnership Agreement was signed on 23 June 2000 in Cotonou, Benin and was revised in, respectively, 2005 and 2010. It was concluded for a twenty-year period and will expire on 29 February 2020. Therefore, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the key questions pertaining to the partnership and relations after 2020 between the EU and the members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) with the aim to take stock of the current Partnership Agreement and to explore if it remains a valid framework for future cooperation.
The Luxembourg Presidency held a conference in December 2015 on "Boosting Social Enterprises in Europe" which resulted in a declaration signed by 6 Member States asking the European Union to further commit for strengthening the support to the social economy. The declaration states that “the social economy is a model, which has weathered the economic crisis better than many others”.
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. FP7 project ImPRovE provided important evidence and methodological innovations with regard to tracking poverty and enhancing social inclusion and protection in the EU. The research findings and recommendations produced by the project should help enrich the European Pillar of Social Rights.
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 . Read the interview on measuring SSH impact with Impact-EV coordinator, Marta Soler-Gallart.
The Project DESAFIO focused on the impact of the lack of safe water and sanitation services in vulnerable communities of South America, with emphasis on Brazil. Some of DESAFIO’s case studies were conducted in the areas that are now at the centre of the international epidemic outbreak caused by the Zika virus.