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Social Affairs Forum Newsletter - January 2017
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POLICY UPDATES

Since the publication of the European Commission’s communication on a Pillar of Social Rights in March 2016, SOLIDAR has been as been at the forefront to contribute to the process calling for the Pillar to ensure social safeguards for everyone living in the EU.

Here you can find the final report as voted on Thursday 19 January 2017 in Strasbourg. Over the past months SOLIDAR has expressed very strongly their recommendations in a variety of occasions and settings (such as the EESC opinion) and is therefore content to see that those recommendations have found their way into the final report, which allows for a promising next step, namely the white book consultation.

SOLIDAR is keen on seeing that the report states that the pillar should focus on:
  • upward social-convergence across the whole EU;
  • that is should comprise updated labour and social standards;
  • that it should call for a re-evaluation of the national minimum income schemes;
  • that compulsory secondary education and  a skills guarantee should be ensured;
  • that is should ensure a Child Guarantee;
  • that the EU’s economic governance should be rebalanced with targets set according to the Europe 2020 strategy and the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • that the European Social Funds, the Youth Employment Initiative, the Globalisation Adjustment Fund and the Fund for European Aid to the most deprived should be strengthened;
  • And lastly, the need for adequate financing to ease economic adjustment processes.
Watch here the video published by EurActiv with SOLIDAR Secretary General reflecting on the Pillar of Social Rights.
SOLIDARITY ON THE SPOT Our Network ensuring dignity for all migrants
On a weekly basis we send a communication on our members and partners active to ensure dignity for migrants and refugees. Below the communications that have already been sent out to our database.
Serbia: SOLIDAR members at work to provide winter aid to refugees and migrants
Macedonia: SOLIDAR partners at work to support asylum seekers and monitor human rights abuses
No time to waste: NGOs call upon the EU and its Member State to expand the use of safe and legal channels for refugees
SOLIDAR's contribution to the EESC's debate on relations between the EU and third countries on migration
UPCOMING EVENTS

European Migration Forum
2-3 March 2017
Brussels, Belgium
SOLIDAR will be present at this meeting

SOLIDAR Board meeting
23 March 2017
Rome, Italy
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