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30 June 2016

What the Panama papers tell us about Tax Evasion

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.

29 June 2016

Counterintuitive results on EU enlargements

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.

13 June 2016

New Skills Agenda

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.

6 June 2016

Bringing culture back to the heart of Europe

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.

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3 June 2016

Policy workshop on democracy, youth and social justice: challenges for Europe and the Middle East

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.

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26 May 2016

Do people with disabilities fully and effectively participate on an equal basis with others in society?

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:

  • Security: Enjoying social protection against major life risks (such as illness, poverty, violence etc.), diminishing major uncertainties or the need for individual risk-taking (for instance in relation to financial matters) and avoiding constant worries about the future
  • Autonomy: Enjoying opportunities to live independently, exercising the freedom to choose the life one has reasons to value and avoiding dependence on or interference from others
  • Influence: Participating in the discussions and decisions that set the framework for one’s own life as well as the decisions that aim to promote the common good and regulate social behaviour, given the interdependence of human action

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