Developing the social dimension of a deep and genuine Economic and Monetary Union
13 September 2013
László Andor (Senior Adviser to EPC on employment and the EMU)

Systematic monitoring of key employment and social challenges and stronger employment and social policy coordination are important for a well-functioning Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), helping to ensure that adequate resources are allocated to tackling these problems in the interests of the euro zone and the EU as a whole, writes EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor in this Policy Brief.


EU immigration policy: act now before it is too late
20 June 2013
Yves Pascouau (Senior Adviser to EPC on migration and mobility policies)

EU member states are making negotiations regarding EU labour migration rules very difficult. Despite the narrow scope of these texts, there is no appetite among governments to make any push in this field. In this Commentary, Yves Pascouau addresses problems deriving from the imbalances of EU immigration policy and identifies some possible ways forward in particular regarding labour migration.


Second Career Labour Markets - Assessing challenges - Advancing policies
14 June 2013
Claire Dhéret (Head of Social Europe & Well-being programme and Senior Policy Analyst), Laura Naegele (External authors) and Eric Thode (External authors)

In order to secure growth prospects and innovation within the EU, creating a labour market adjusted to the needs of older workers and facilitating longer decent working lives is imperative, say the authors of the final report of the Second Career Labour Markets project.


Making progress towards the completion of the Single European Labour Market
28 May 2013
Claire Dhéret (Head of Social Europe & Well-being programme and Senior Policy Analyst), Alex Lazarowicz (External authors), Francesco Nicoli (Former Programme Assistant at the EPC), Yves Pascouau (Senior Adviser to EPC on migration and mobility policies) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

In this Issue Paper, the authors propose an ambitious and comprehensive strategy towards labour mobility. This strategy aims to address obstacles to mobility, as well as create incentives to encourage people to move. It also aims to reinforce the role of public policies, both at the EU and national level, in order to address potential costs and optimise a better allocation of human resources.

Making progress towards the completion of the Single European Labour Market


Economic governance: helping European healthcare systems to deliver better health and wealth?
2 May 2013
Annika Hedberg (Head of Sustainable Prosperity for Europe programme and Senior Policy Analyst)

As austerity measures hit the healthcare budgets, the tendency is to go for quick savings. This is short-sighted. The EU should use the European Semester to encourage cost-effective measures that can improve people’s health outcomes and ensure the sustainability of the healthcare sector today and tomorrow, writes Annika Ahtonen in this Policy Brief.


Youth unemployment - Does the EU care about its future?
26 April 2013
Claire Dhéret (Head of Social Europe & Well-being programme and Senior Policy Analyst)

In this Policy Brief, Claire Dhéret argues that the pan-European nature of the youth unemployment challenge calls for urgent action at EU level. She stresses that despite a steady process of Europeanisation of youth-related policies, getting serious about addressing youth unemployment and inactivity in Europe will require the simulataneous activation of three strategic plans.


Intra-EU mobility of third-country nationals - State of play and prospects
25 April 2013
Yves Pascouau (Senior Adviser to EPC on migration and mobility policies)

This Discussion Paper by Yves Pascouau aims to explore how intra-EU mobility could be improved at EU level. It analyses existing EU rules and concludes that the right to freedom of movement is awarded to limited categories of third-country nationals and under different regimes which do not make mobility attractive.


The Accessibility Act – Using the single market to promote fundamental rights
12 March 2013
Annika Hedberg (Head of Sustainable Prosperity for Europe programme and Senior Policy Analyst) and Romain Pardo (Former Policy Analyst at the EPC)

In this Policy Brief, Annika Ahtonen and Romain Pardo give recommendations on how the forthcoming EU Accessibility Act could use the market in order to improve the wellbeing of people with disabilities as well as their social and economic participation.


Creating Second Career Labour Markets - Towards more Employment Opportunities for Older Workers
31 January 2013
Claire Dhéret (Head of Social Europe & Well-being programme and Senior Policy Analyst), Laura Naegele (External authors) and Eric Thode (External authors)

In the final publication of the EPC-Bertelsmann Stiftung project ‘Creating Second Career Labour Markets’, the authors – Laura Naegele, Eric Thode and Claire Dhéret – argue that there must be reforms at every level to achieve the multitude of benefits gained from active ageing in the workplace.


1000 billion Euros at stake: How boosting employment can address demographic change and public deficits
12 November 2012
Erik Türk (External authors), Josef Wöss (External authors) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

This Issue Paper by Erik Türk, Josef Wöss and Fabian Zuleeg confirms that improving employment rates is the best strategy with which countries can prepare for population ageing.


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