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Fifth European Social Week
January 23 till 25, 2014, in Brussels.

Previous Social Weeks

Bratislava, 2003: Perspectives -- The commitment of Christians and Christian Social Organisations in the construction of the European Union

Bad Honnef, 2000: Towards a European civil society -- Christian social visions

Brussels, 1997: Christian-Social Thought and Europe

 

Participating organisations


ACW, Belgium


EZA, Germany


KSI, Bad Honnef


MOC, Belgium


Semaines Sociales de France

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European Commission

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European Parliament

20 Apr 2015| Press release - Development MEPs urge EU countries to stick to foreign aid commitments - Committee on Development
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Employment

23 Sep 2014| Worker mobility key to tackling EU skills challenges
2 Jul 2014| We must make the most of “green” job opportunities, says EU

Commentaries on Europe

Why Europe Needs to Save Greece

12 Apr 2015 |

The Greeks, it can be argued, have not earned the right to be saved, but Greece's exit from the euro is not the best option for the country or for the European Union. Whether or not the Greeks are deserving of assistance, it is in Europe's interest to help them.

Austerity Is Not Greece’s Problem

3 Mar 2015 | When looking out a window, it is easy to be fooled by your own reflection and see more of yourself than the outside world. This seems to be the case when US observers, influenced by their own country's fiscal debate, look at Greece.

Have We Become Too Flexible?

22 Jan 2015 | As 2015 begins, the reality of deficient global demand and deflationary risks in the world’s major economies is starkly apparent. What is driving this global trend, and what can governments do to reverse it?

Europe Square

European Policies

Exclusions and expulsions

2014-12-02 | Hans Groen | 0 reactie(s)

How long will labour unions survive? As long as there are persons who have a labour relation with an employer, one might think. I don't think that these labour relations will completely disappear in the (near) future. But numerically, these will become less significant. There is a process of expulsion and exclusion going on in the world of labour. ... more

Workfloor Europe

We want to be seen!!

2012-03-14 | Hans Groen | 0 reactie(s)

'We want to be seen!' That was the message shouted by about 70 cleaners who walked into a meeting in Doorn, The Netherlands, where Dutch employer's organisation VNO-NCW, and the labour union CNV held their spring seminar about the social dialogue. The cleaners have been on strike for 10 weeks now. For better working conditions, yes, but not directly more money. Above all, they want dignity, recognition. ... more

Since the European Communitie of Coal and Steel, where Europe forged peace and cooperation out of the materials that had been used for two devastating wars, we have come a long way. Standing within the Christian-social tradition, we feel a special urge for the future of Europe. After the success, we are now confronted with bad times. The ties that connect us in Europe are seriously being put to the test. We believe we cannot go back behind our national borders and focus first and formost on our national interest. We have to move on on the road of peace, cooperation, and solidarity. That road is not necessarily the one that leads us straight from where we are to the vanishing point on the horizon. There are different roads, so which road to follow? Hope for a better future has always guided people to where they want to arrive, and so hope for a better Europe is our guide. With the discussions on this website and its connected forums, we want to restore that hope.