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White Paper on Pensions

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The European Commission has just published a White Paper on Pensions (16/02/2012). This document is the follow up of the Green Paper 'Towards adequate, sustainable and safe European pension systems' published in July 2010. Its purpose was to initiate a European debate on the key challenges concerning pensions, the main question being: how can the EU best support the efforts of Member States to ensure adequate, sustainable and safe pensions for their citizens both now and in the future. On the basis of the responses to the open consultation launched by the Green Paper, the White Paper identifies the most important measures to be taken forward in this respect at the European level. The ETUI has embarked on this issue for a long time. It has published several Working papers and Policy Briefs to feed into the debate.

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Beyond the crisis: developing sustainable alternatives


Conference co-organized by the Socialists & Democrats, the Greens and the ETUI, 9 February 2012, European Parliament The purpose of this conference is to obtain reactions and feedback – from MEPs, academics and social policy actors – to some of the ETUI’s research findings and policy proposals. How is the current situation to be evaluated? What are the most relevant considerations in constructing an agenda, a narrative, and policy alternatives to unadulterated austerity measures? These are the two major questions up for discussion.

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Gender inequalities and occupational diseases

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On 31 January 2012 the ETUI and the Belgian Council for Equal Opportunities between Men and Women are staging a study day in Brussels to look at gender inequalities and occupational diseases. During this study day, speakers from Quebec, Finland, France and Belgium will be focusing on analysing how these inequalities in treatment between men and women actually operate, and how it is possible to rebuild the career path and get recognition for an occupational disease.

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Beyond GDP? Measuring real economic progress for better lives

On 29 March 2012 ETUI and EPSU will hold a joint one-day workshop to reflect on how we define and measure social progress, that is, improvements in wellbeing in societies, and also, in view of current circumstances, how we measure social regression. The gathering aims to bring together research contributions on this issue as a means of exploring the current state-of-play and its potential relevance for reframing economic policy debate in Europe insofar as it is, at the present time, entirely and exclusively focused on GDP growth.

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Trade union seminar on risks arising from electromagnetic fields at the workplace


The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) sponsored a seminar, on 7 and 8 December in Krakow (Poland), on revision of the European directive on risks for workers arising from exposure to electromagnetic fields (Directive 2004/40).

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Do the December European Summit and the Annual Growth Survey 2012 offer a way forward for Europe?

At its last Monthly Forum for 2011 the ETUI would like to discuss the current state of economic governance on the European level as well as the economic outlook going into 2012 in the light of the second AGS and the recently agreed six-pack, and against the background of the still unresolved crisis.

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What do we and what don't we know about minimum wages in Europe

On 12 December 2011 in Brussels, the ETUI is organising an expert conference which should deepen our knowledge about the wages paid at the ‘bottom’ of the labour market in European countries. Invited experts will discuss the empirics and also more theoretical questions relating to wage and employment outcomes.

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Monthly forum: Which challenges for the EU budget?

25 November 2011 - Brussels The next Monthly Forum will provide the opportunity to discuss the ambitious targets set by the Commission in its draft multi-annual budget which will be on the agenda of the Council and European Parliament during 2012-2013.

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EU-Labour Markets: What does work, where is a need for action? New Labour Market Monitor and Job Quality Index 2011 provide information

The Europe 2020 Strategy aims at achieving an employment rate of 75% and reducing poverty. What decides about success or failure of this strategy? And what about job quality? The new Labour Market Monitor of AK (Chamber of Labour) and WIFO (Austrian Institute of Economic Research) depicts a strengths-weaknesses profile of the EU-Labour Markets, which goes beyond the usual comparison of employment and unemployment rates. The Job Quality Index of the ETUI 2011 provides information on the job quality in Europe.

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Conference: SEs in Stormy Weather – exploring new developments in EU legislation and sustainability as a priority for SE board-level employee representatives and works council members


15 - 16 November 2011, the European Worker Participation Competence Centre (EWPCC) of the ETUI in cooperation with Solidarność, OPZZ, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Polish Office and the Hans Böckler Foundation is organising a two-days conference in Warsaw.

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