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rondavies-eprs has written 15 posts for European Parliamentary Research Service Blog

Older people in Europe: EU policies and programmes

Older people are assuming a greater importance in the European Union as both their numbers and their proportion of the population increase due to the ageing of the population. The European Union (EU) and its Member States have adopted a number of policies and programmes that affect older people directly or support them in various ways. Discrimination on the … Continue reading

Public employment services in the EU: Facilitating mobility and employment

Since the beginning of the financial and economic crisis, high rates of unemployment have been one of the most pressing problems of Member States in the European Union (EU). By matching job-seekers with employment opportunities, including vacancies in other Member States, public employment services (PES) can help to reduce unemployment, increase intra-EU mobility of workers … Continue reading

Net neutrality in Europe

Net neutrality means that data communications over a network are all processed in the same way, regardless of sender, receiver, application or content. This principle, and the fact that participating networks only make their ‘best effort’ to transmit all data, has historically underpinned the internet. However increasing demand for internet traffic, new applications that require … Continue reading

Social media in election campaigning

Low engagement of citizens in politics and ever declining voter turnout are taken as evidence of a democratic deficit in the European Union. By providing a new form of communication among politicians and citizens, social media may provide a way of increasing citizen involvement in political life, especially during election campaigns. Social media allow political actors, particularly smaller … Continue reading

Measuring well-being and progress: Looking beyond GDP

Gross domestic product (GDP), a measure of national economic production, has come to be used as a general measure of well-being and progress in society, and as a key indicator in deciding a wide range of public policies. However GDP does not properly take into account non-economic factors such as social issues and the environment. … Continue reading

Quality traineeships: Facilitating young people’s transition to employment

With high levels of youth unemployment in the European Union, helping young people find work is a pressing problem. By providing opportunities in a real work situation to acquire valuable skills and learn appropriate behaviour, traineeships can help young people make the transition from education or unemployment to permanent work. In addition to acquiring skills … Continue reading

The new European Social Fund for 2014-20

The European Social Fund (ESF) is the EU’s main tool to support employment through investing in human capital. Two proposed Regulations for 2014-20 establish new ESF priorities and funding rules. During trilogue negotiations, compromise on several issues proved very difficult to reach. Common provisions – initial proposal The Common Provisions Regulation (CPR) is a general … Continue reading

Self-employment and social security: effects on innovation and economic growth

Self-employment and entrepreneurship represent an important force for innovation and economic growth. Self-employed people make up more than 15% of workers in the European Union. Although the majority work solely on their own account, almost a third of the self-employed create jobs for others. Whilst social security systems differ from one Member State to another, … Continue reading

Assessing effects of projects on the environment

6 language versions available in PDF format Bewertung der Auswirkungen von Vorhaben auf die Umwelt Evaluación de las repercusiones de los proyectos sobre el medio ambiente Évaluer les effets des projets sur l’environnement Valutazione dell’impatto ambientale dei progetti Ocena wpływu przedsięwzięć na środowisko naturalne Assessing effects of projects on the environment For more than 25 … Continue reading

Towards an EU industrial policy for space

The European space industry occupies a strategic niche in the EU economy. The development of a new EU space industrial policy can support innovation and efficiency in the space industry, while creating new opportunities for jobs and growth in other parts of the economy. An effective regulatory framework can foster new markets in commercial spaceflight … Continue reading

Child poverty and social exclusion: A framework for European action

More than one child in four in the European Union (EU) is at risk of poverty and social exclusion. The poverty rate for children is higher than that for any other age group, though it varies widely across Member States (MS). Over the past decade, exchanges between EU institutions, MS and civil society have led … Continue reading

Library focus on EU’s Social Dimension

Since the start of the crisis in 2008, we’ve been hearing a lot about fiscal and financial issues– everything from austerity and deficits through monetary policy and quantitative easing to volatility and yields. But the difficult period that Europe has been going through isn’t just about economics and finance. It’s about people, too. So this … Continue reading

Work-life balance. Measures to help reconcile work, private and family life

Good work-life balance promotes the well-being of workers. It can also contribute to achieving major EU policy goals: stimulating employment (especially among women and older workers); promoting child and youth development; and encouraging gender equality. In Europe, more than one worker in five expresses dissatisfaction with their work-life balance. Conflicts between work and other aspects … Continue reading

Promoting fertility in the EU. Social policy options for Member States

The number of births as a proportion of the population has been declining in Europe since the late 19th century. In the past decade, fertility rates reached very low levels in many Member States (MS) of the European Union (EU), well below replacement levels. Low rates imply that, without migration or increased longevity, European populations … Continue reading

Alerts: staying up-to-date

Last week the Library released a new version of our intranet site and search facility. One of the new features of this release is an Alerts service to help Library clients stay up-to-date on topics of interest.  Since the development of the new Library site three years ago, we have been relying on RSS feeds to … Continue reading

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