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Stronger social dimension needed in Rio+20 process

Clear targets and more political emphasis on sustainable growth, employment and social justice are needed if the Rio+20 conference in June 2012 is to become a real success. This was the main outcome of a two-day debate organised by ETUI and ETUC on 12-13 March at the Danish Metalworkers’ School in Jørlunde, Denmark.

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Social inequality worsening in European Union

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A new comprehensive study launched on 5 March by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) confirms growing forms of social inequality in all EU member states. This worrying trend is the result of long-term policy choices for market liberalism and the prioritisation of harsh austerity programmes as a result of the financial and fiscal crisis post-2008.

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Towards Rio+20: A Sustainable New Deal for Europe


In the context of the Danish EU Presidency the ETUI and the ETUC are currently organising a joint event to prepare the European trade union movement’s activities in the run-up to Rio+2. The event, which will be held on 12-13 March at the Danish Metalworkers’ School in Jørlunde, Denmark, will bring together key academic thinkers and trade union activists to chart the alternative agenda.

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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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