Policy focus

Policy focus

Policy focus

Policy focus

The Policy Focus section collects articles meant to inform on the facts, the decisions and the events that shape the social dimension of the European Union. They offer in depth analyses and interpretations about the developments occurring within the EU political arena, and try to identify possibility spaces for the strengthening of the European Social Union.

Analyses
30 October 2020

Reforming the Dublin Pact and Activating EU Solidarity: The Objectives of the New EU Pact on Migration and Asylum

The increase in migratory flows towards the European Union (EU) during the 2014–2016 period was followed by a genuine political–institutional crisis and the paralysis of the Common European Asylum System. In 2020, the European Commission presented the New Pact on Asylum and Migration, a composite policy instrument that promises to deeply reform the common asylum policy.

Policy focus
31 July 2020

SURE: What about a permanent instrument?

Short-time work (STW) schemes have proved to be the ace of Member States’ response to the social and employment crisis induced by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this scenario, the proposal of the Commission for a temporary Support to mitigate Unemployment Risks in an Emergency (SURE), is to be welcomed as a bold and innovative move. Is the time ripe for the Commission to put the proposal forward for a permanent SURE?

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«emigration policies face a delicate trade-off: on the one hand, they must respect individual autonomy and freedom as well as reap the rewards of mobility. On the other hand, they cannot ignore the negative externalities, especially since these tend to concentrate in specific social or geographic locations»