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With the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion set to meet for its second annual convention in December, the special feature of Social Agenda Issue 31 focuses on social inclusion and the fight against poverty. It looks at the progress made since the Platform’s inception in 2010, citing practical examples of how EU funding and policy initiatives promote social inclusion, including that of the Roma people, the EU's largest minority. European Commission Social Policies Director, Lieve Fransen explains how social policy should be considered more in terms of front-end investment rather than back-end cost. Issue 31 also features articles on EU support for cross-border traineeships and on the agreements recently signed by the European social partners. Social Agenda is available in English, French and German.
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Freedom of movement is one of the EU’s fundamental freedoms and the Online Journal on free movement of workers within the European Union is an important resource for people looking for information on this subject. Produced twice a year by independent academic experts coordinated by the Radboud University Nijmingen, this edition contains three articles: one on labour mobility by EU-8 citizens, another on student mobility and lastly a piece of research on the mobility of social benefits. This online journal is available in English only.
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We are not used to seeing employment, social and inclusion issues as very visible components of external relations. Yet they have the potential to trigger historical events such as the Arab Spring. Issue 30 of Social Agenda dedicates a special feature to the social dimension of international relations. It shows how the EU seeks to promote inclusive, sustainable and job-rich growth in the countries that are negotiating their accession to the EU and in those that are further afield, as well as through the free trade and association agreements it signs with the rest of the world and through the active role it plays in international organisations. Moreover, Issue 30 features articles on how the EU is combating youth unemployment, seeks to better protect posted workers and intends to turn EURES into a genuine EU-wide employment and worker mobility instrument. Social Agenda is available in English, French and German.
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2012 being the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, Social Agenda issue 29 devotes a special feature to this event. This issue also presents key policy documents which the European Commission recently adopted, on how to concretely achieve a job-rich recovery, keep pensions adequate, safe and sustainable, and anticipate and prepare company restructuring. Further subjects include an EU-funded project on how to boost inclusive entrepreneurship, a cross-border social security coordination project and the social dimension of the Europe 2020 Strategy. On top of regular items, this issue features an interview with Lieve Fransen, European Commission Director for Social Policies and Europe 2020. Social Agenda is available in English, French and German.
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Issue 28 of Social Agenda has a special feature on the future of cohesion policy. It examines the European Social Fund’s role in youth employment, transnational cooperation and synergies between short- and long-term EU measures. A further feature looks at prospects for the new European Semester. Other subjects include the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012, the Youth Opportunities Initiative, and social security coordination between Denmark and Sweden and. Along with regular items, it features an interview with Commission Deputy Director-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Zoltan Kazatsay. Social Agenda is available in printed format in English, French and German.
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FMW, the online Journal on free movement of workers within the European Union, is a twice-yearly publication coordinated by the network of experts on free movement of workers, through a Board of Advisors, under the supervision of the European Commission. Its aim is to develop academic interest and stimulate debate on this fundamental area of European law.
In this third issue, past judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union are at the heart of the authors' analysis. In the first contribution Koen Lenaerts, judge at the Court of Justice, explores how the Court has determined the existence of a cross-border element in the light of recent cases such as Rottmann, Ruiz Zambrano, and McCarthy. The second contribution by Camelia Toader, judge at the Court of Justice, together with her Legal Secretary Andrei Florea, points out certain key aspects pertaining to the development of the free movement of workers. The third contribution by Diane Roland, Senior Lecturer at Lincoln Law School, questions the coherency and consistency of interpretation of some recent cases of the Court in the field of freedom of movement of workers and education.
If you are interested in contributing to the Journal, please contact us at: email@example.com. This online Journal is available in English only.
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FMW, the online Journal on free movement of workers within the European Union, is a twice-yearly publication coordinated by the network of experts on free movement of workers, through a Board of Advisors, under the supervision of the European Commission. Its aim is to develop academic interest and stimulate debate on this fundamental area of European law. In this second issue, we turn to two issues of central concern to EU workers who are using their free movement rights: the right to employment in a host Member State’s public sector for EU workers and the right to family life with family members in the host state.If you are interested in contributing to the Journal, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. This online Journal is available in English only.
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Issue 27 of Social Agenda has a special feature on restructuring and also looks at demographic developments, including an interview on the topic with European Parliament Employment and Social Affairs Committee Chair, Pervenche Berès. Other subjects include opening of labour markets to workers from new Member States, the Youth@Work action and moves to green the global economy. Along with regular items such as latest news, the issue presents a new Commission guide for organising social services and outcomes of the recent EU pension consultation. Social Agenda is available in English, French and German.
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Issue 26 of Social Agenda magazine examines the policies and instruments that the European Union has put in place to help EU countries to achieve their employment and growth objectives. It also looks at the legacy of the 2010 European Year, and in particular at the EU’s new flagship initiative aimed at fighting poverty and social exclusion throughout Europe. This magazine’s edition also reports on the latest demographic developments in the EU, on the launch of the microfinance initiative in support of small entrepreneurs and it presents the Commission’s new campaign to inform citizens of their social security rights when moving within the EU. It is available in English, French and German.
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Issue 25 of Social Agenda magazine examines the challenge of ensuring sustainable pensions for all as Europe’s population ages while its workforce shrinks. It also looks at the European Commission’s Youth on the Move initiative, designed to give young people the skills and opportunities they need to get a foothold into the job market. This magazine’s edition also reports on work-related health problems in the EU, on the European Award for Accessible Cities, and it presents the Commission’s new strategy for gender equality as well as its new guide to socially responsible public procurement. It is available in English, French and German.