Why the Commission wants to tackle inequalities

Tackling inequalities is a political imperative for the European Commission.

Inequality in society has increased in the last 3 decades. The combined effects of globalisation, technological changes and tax reforms have led to greater income and wealth disparities - a situation which has been compounded by the 2008 economic crisis.

Scientific evidence shows that higher levels of inequality are not conducive to economic growth, can have negative implications for macroeconomic stability, and can potentially lead to higher social conflict.

For example, while reasons behind radicalisation trends are multifarious and complex, they include growing inequalities and the absence of concrete life perspectives for younger populations in Europe.

Rising inequalities also impact negatively on democratic, social and political participation and inclusion. The goal of reducing inequality includes addressing inequalities in the education system.


ReportNovember 2016Research and Innovation

Great start in life!

The best possible education in the early years : project presentation

Mind the gap

Fighting poverty and exclusion through social investment

Addressing terrorism

An ever closer union among the peoples of Europe?

Project policy Briefs

SSH research projects publish policy briefs while they are active. Briefs related to culture and citizenship are listed below. 

AGENTA: Ageing Europe
An application of National Transfer Accounts (NTA) for explaining and projecting trends in public finances

May 2016July 2016

The price of a childbirth

April 2013February 2013

Combating Inequalities Through Innovative Social Practices of and for Young people in Cities across Europe

June 2015

Trends and impact of public administration reforms in Europe

September 2014November 2013

Public services and the combat against poverty

January 2015

Making persons with disabilities full citizens

Executive SummaryMay 2016September 2015December 2014September 2014September 2014September 2014

European language diversity for all

August 2013

Impact of local welfare systems on female labour force participation and social cohesion

April 2014April 2014February 2013

Governance of educational trajectories in Europe

May 2013

Poverty Reduction in Europe: Social policy and innovation

November 2015

Innovative Social Policies for Inclusive and Resilient Labour Markets in Europe

August 2015

LifeLong / Learning / Innovation /Growth & Human Capital / Tracks in Europe

October 2015

How the governance of employment systems affects social cohesion.

July 2014

Memory, Youth, Political Legacy and Civic Engagement (European Summary Brief)

July 2015February 2013

Overcoming early job-insecurity in Europe

May 2016

Mapping the Population Careers, Mobilities and Impacts of Advanced Research Degree Graduates in Social Sciences and Humanities

December 2014 (1)December 2014 (2) | December 2014 (3)December 2014 (4) | December 2014 (5)December 2014 (6)

Reducing Early School Leaving in Europe

November 2017

Social Entrepreneurship as a Force for more Inclusive and Innovative Societies

April 2017 (1)April 2017 (2)

Empowering the Young for the Common Good

December 2014

Tenancy law and housing policy in the EU

September 2015

Welfare Innovations at the Local level in favour of Cohesion

March 2014

Policies Supporting Young People in their Life Course

June 2017