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Social Affairs Forum Newsletter - November - December 2016
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2017 will be a decisive year for the European Union and it’s social cohesion. Next week the European Parliament will vote on the opinion of the Portuguese S&D Vice-President Maria-Joao Rodriguez on the Pillar of Social Rights. By the end of the month the EESC will also vote it’s opinion in the plenary and on 23 January the European Commission organises a big conference on the Pillar of Social Rights before launching a White Book. As we informed you before, SOLIDAR has been heavily involved in the relevant consultation processes and could make many welcomed inputs to the opinions. So we will see what will be the outcome of the large process.

SECRETARIAT UPDATES

LOOKING BACK AT...

In the framework of the SOLIDAR Mobilising for Social Justice Days that took take place from the 5th to the 8th of December SOLIDAR organised a wide variety of public events to which many amongst you have participated.
 
The same week we had our final Social Affairs Forum (SAF) of the year that was co-organised with the Education Experts Network (EEN).

On 6th December the EaSI final conference took place on the European Pillar of Social Rights from a Human Rights perspective and presentation of the final report of the Social Progress Watch 2016. More information on the event can be found here.
 
On the same evening, the debate about the Pillar continued in a high-level debate titled How to build the European Pillar of Social Rights? co-organised by SOLIDAR and the German Trade Union Federation (DGB), the Austrian Trade Union Federation (ÖGB), Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), the Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour (AK Europa), Diakonie Deutschland and the European Social Observatory (OSE) at the premises of the Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. This debate was joined by Allan Larsson, the Special Advisor for the European Pillar of Social Rights to Commission President Juncker, Maria Joao Rodrigues Member of the European Parliament, Rapporteur of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee on the Pillar, Ester Lynch, European Trade Union Confederation, and Josef Wöss, Austrian Chamber of Labour and Ruth Paserman, deputy Head of Cabinet of EU Commissioner for Social Affairs, Marianne Thyssen. A report of the event can be found here.


OUR PUBLICATIONS
 
SOLIDAR Social Progress Watch 2016 - A guideline to a rights-based approach for the European Pillar of Social Rights
This report presents the main findings and general recommendations of the 2016 SOLIDAR Social Progress Watch Initiative regarding the ‘modernisation’ of social protection systems and access to services in the EU. It is based on extensive consultations with SOLIDAR members and partners, and is the first in a two-part series, the second of which will be dedicated to the integration of third country nationals.
 
FEPS and SOLIDAR publication “From Europe to local: Migrating solidarity”
This book  is a collection of contributions by academics, high level experts and policymakers presenting progressive policy solutions to turn the challenges linked to migration and integration into social and economic opportunities for the European Union and its Member States.
 
All our publications can be found in our updated Online Knowledge Hub.


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 2016.
  • A European Pillar of Social Rights, Report in EMPL
  • Conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of highly skilled employment, Report in LIBE
  • Posted Workers Directive - targeted review
  • EU Action Plan on integration of third country nationals
For a Pillar of enforceable and universal social rights
Joint NGO statement ahead of the European Council of 15th December 2016: EU leaders can save lives this winter if they change migration policies
The CIVICUS Civic Space Monitor tracking violations of civil space has officially launched.
Social situation in Europe - a lot more needs to be done
SOLIDAR at DG NEAR's Framework partnership agreements closing event
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