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Social Affairs Forum Newsletter - October 2015
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SECRETARIAT UPDATES

Our next Social Affairs Forum will take place on 30 November 2015 in Brussels.
Please register here.
 
Our Annual Conference will take place on 1 December. Please register here.
 
Just published: TTIP - Flaws and Fallacies uncovered
 

UPCOMING EVENTS
 
Migration and fundamental rights: Will the EU live up to its values?

On 10 November 2015, SOLIDAR is organising a round table entitled “Migration and Fundamental rights: will the EU live up to its values?” to be held at the EESC from 12:00 to 16:00. This round table will offer to policy makers and members of the civil society the possibility to discuss about migration, fundamental rights, humanitarian assistance, and integration policies for migrants and refugees in the EU and along the Western Balkan route.

The meeting is divided into two sessions in which the following two questions will be discussed; ‘How to put solidarity and respect of human rights at the heart of EU asylum, migration and integration policies?’ and ‘How to support CSOs providing humanitarian assistance and services to refugees and migrants along the Western Balkans route?’.

More information and the draft programme can be found here.
 
Progressive structural reforms. Proposals for European reforms to reduce inequalities and promote jobs, growth and social investment
 
On 1 December 2015, SOLIDAR invites to the public launch of our edited volume “Progressive Structural Reforms. Proposals for European reforms to reduce inequalities and promote jobs, growth and social investment.”
 
This publication presents the results of the SOLIDAR Social Progress Lab 2015 which was launched in spring 2015. The Social Progress Lab is a space for academics, policy-makers and civil society to reflect about necessary strategies and policies to achieve a more social and inclusive Europe. It collects the analysis by 10 academic scholars from across Europe with a focus on identifying and targeting inequalities, shaping social investment and European policies affecting social safeguards, and thereby seeks to enrich the policy debate at European and national level about alternative structural reforms.
 
The edited volume was developed under the scientific guidance of Rémi Bazillier, Giovanni Cozzi, Amandine Crespy, Ferdi De Ville and Angela Wigger, as well as Special adviser Lieve Fransen, and in addition comprises contributions by Nicolas Schmit, Luxembourg's Minister for Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy as well as Thomas Händel, MEP, Chair of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs of the European Parliament.

In addition, the SOLIDAR Social Progress Watch country reports 2015 will be launched at the event.

More information can be found here.

 
POLICY UPDATES
 
We would like to inform you that the SOLIDAR secretariat is currently feeding into the following legislative and non-legislative processes in the European Parliament, mainly in cooperation with the Greens and the Social Democrats. 
 
Our contributions are based on your inputs to the Social Progress Watch 2014.
 
  • LIBE report on the situation in the Mediterranean and the need for a holistic EU approach to migration
  • AFET opinion on the situation in the Mediterranean and the need for a holistic EU approach to migration
  • Implementation of the European Commission’s Agenda on Migration
  • EU Enlargement progress reports 2015 for Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania
  • Report on Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) in the Trade Committee
 
We will of course keep you informed!                
 
The Commission has published a Call for proposals for social policy innovations supporting reforms in social services, deadline 16 November 2015.
Please find more information here.
 
Latest articles
SOLIDAR Statement 'Step up cooperation for human-rights based solutions along the Western Balkan migratory route' (27 Oct 2015)
 
SOLIDAR booklet Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): flaws and fallacies uncovered
OTHER EVENTS

SOLIDAR Board meeting
1 December 2015, Brussels


Social Economy Conference by the Luxembourgish EU-presidency
3 & 4 December 2015, Luxembourg
SOLIDAR Press Release 'Progressive structural reforms: Proposals for European reforms to reduce inequalities and promote jobs, growth and social investment'
NEXT MEETINGS OF THE SOCIAL AFFAIRS FORUM IN 2015

SOLIDAR Round table “Migration and fundamental rights: Will the EU live up to its values?”
EESC, 10 November 2015, Brussels
Please register here.

Social Affairs Forum
30 November 2015, Brussels
please register here.

Annual Conference - Progressive Structural Reforms. Proposals for European reforms to reduce inequalities and promote jobs, growth and social investment”
European Parliament Library, 01 December 2015, Brussels
Please register here.

 
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