European Union Election Observation Mission, Ghana12.04.2017.
Election observation is a mechanism that aims at ensuring election integrity and strengthening confidence in elections. It is the cornerstone of the EU’s policy for supporting the transition to democracy in developing countries. Election observation consists of multiple layers: observation missions, electoral assistance projects and financial contribution to elections. The European Union’s Elections Observer Missions (EU EOMs) seek to support good governance and make a positive contribution without interfering in the conduct of the election. The longer-term objective is to strengthen independence and accountability in the host country. Improving the overall framework of elections can be crucial in deepening democracy.Click here for the details
Revision of the Posted Workers Directive12.01.2017.
In October 2017, the Employment Committee of the European Parliament started the revision of the 1996 regulation of posted workers. ‘Posted workers’ are workers that move to another EU member state in order to provide service for a limited period of time, on behest of their employers. They stay in another member state in order to provide their specialised services in a particular field. At the moment, there are approximately 2 million posted workers in the EU, which is 0,9% of all employment. The number of posted workers is especially high in some sectors, such as transport or construction (35,9%) sector. Luxembourg, Belgium, Austria are the countries with the highest number of posted workers. Most posted workers come from Eastern European countries, for example Croatia, Slovakia and Poland.Click here for the details
European Pillar of Social Rights, Gothenburg11.17.2017.
Consequences of the economic crisis have not ceased to affect European countries. It is clear that measures solely aiming at economic growth and financial stability are not sufficient to reach social welfare. For Europe, it is of utmost necessity to reaffirm the role of social protection and social rights. European politicians, but more importantly national leaders have to address inequality between the East and the West, enduring shortage of labour and social dumping. Social policies, including housing policy, are mainly member state competences, which leaves limited room for the European Union to improve the living standards of people. However, the harmful consequences of wage gaps between member states, lack of effective social integration are problems that need coordinated and harmonized measures throughout the European Union. For an equal and fair Union, competences have to be reconsidered.Click here for the details
Good practices aiming to end energy poverty - Download the booklet here12.23.2016.
We are proud to publish our latest booklet on energy poverty. This publication presents a selection of case studies presenting various good practices aiming to end energy poverty in Europe. We hope that our readers will find the collected information useful and relevant, but also that the projects inspire you to launch or expand your own energy poverty project in your community.Click here for the details
European Pillar of Social Rights12.08.2016.
The European Pillar of social rights is one of the best opportunities to address the problem of increasing inequality by strengthening the European welfare systems and labor market regulation. The Commission will conclude its consultation at the beginning of 2017 and the European Parliament is providing its preliminary opinion on the subject and the supported measures. We hope that the Commission will be bold enough to initiate the needed reforms to protect workers and people in vulnerable situation.
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Energy Poverty Handbook - download it here11.20.2016.
You can download the on-line version of the Energy Poverty Handbook in English from HERE. For limited number of hard copies contact our office at email@example.com. We hope to inspire policy makers, activists, students, academics, citizens to fight energy poverty in Europe.
*note: correction on page 144 (Poland), on 20.11.2016.Click here for the details
Invitation to book launch: Energy Poverty Handbook11.29.2016.
Please feel invited to celebrate the publication of the Energy Poverty Handbook fighting to eliminate energy poverty from Europe once and for all. The authors and the editors will introduce the handbook and hard copies will be available in the event.
European Parliament ASP building, room 7F387
13:00-14:00 29th November, 2016
Registration is required if you have no badge to the EP building.Click here for the details
Energy poverty photo exhibition04.10.2016.
A photoexhibition was presented in the European Parliament in Brussels at the beginning of April for a week. 22 pictures illustrated what energy poverty looks like in Eastern Member States, and explained that European solution is needed to tackle material deprivation in the EU.Click here for the details
Energy Poverty in the European Union04.07.2016.
Energy poverty is a growing concern all over Europe as our society is becoming more dependent on energy consumption and inequality is growing. More than 50 million people are suffering from inadequate housing conditions, arrears on utility bills, and as a consequence health problems caused by damp dwellings and the inability to heat the house. It is getting harder and harder for people to escape from energy poverty and it has various forms all across Europe.Click here for the details
Eliminating energy poverty04.07.2016.
It is getting harder and harder for people to escape from energy poverty because it requires a large upfront investment and because our society is becoming extremely dependent on energy consumption. Proper heating, lighting, cooking, warm water is needed for most basic activities.Click here for the details
Unemployment across the EU01.04.2016.
The aim of the present study is to provide an insight into how unemployment benefit
policies work in the Member States of the European Union. The study achieves this by
presenting a meta-analysis of different sources.Click here for the details
Consequences of TTIP: arguments and counterarguments03.10.2015.
This study gives a brief overview of the projected effects of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the European Union and the United States, and the debate which has evolved around it.Click here for the details