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SOLIDAR monitoring the ENP Progress report 2014
On the occasion of the publication of the European Commission Progress Report on the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) in the Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA) in 2014, SOLIDAR and its members and partners in the MENA region carried out a consultation from April to October 2014 to provide an opportunity for the organisations within the “SOLIDAR Network for Social Justice in the MENA region” to comment on the progress reports prepared by the EU.
Informal care: an obligation, a right, a choice or a penalty? Negotiating improvements for the working carers of adults (NICA)
SOLIDAR organised the final conference of the EU-funded project “Negotiating improvements for the working carers of adults (NICA)” at the EESC in Brussels (22-23 October) which was led by SOLIDAR member General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU, UK) with project partners in Bulgaria, Malta, Poland and the UK. An informal carer is defined as someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a family member or friend who may not be able to manage without this help because of their frailty due to old age, illness or disability. This often means that informal carers need to be supported in balancing their professional, family and care-related life, either through national or European policies or by their employers. It also calls for innovative and creative ways of providing care and supporting carers, and a debate has begun to develop around increasing “Personal and Household Services” which could have the additional economic benefit of creating jobs and prosperity.
Time to take it serious! This is the last chance!
Today Jean-Claude Juncker presented his new Commission (423 voted in favour) to the European Parliament which is everything but gender balanced, a situation he rightly described as “ridiculous”. He insisted strongly that this was the last chance for this Commission, which in his understanding will be “the most political one”, to reconcile citizens with the institutions. He challenged his Commission to go for a social triple A. SOLIDAR strongly supports the triple ‘A’ and urges the new Commission to promote Social Justice in Europe and world-wide, please read our recommendations here.
Health and social work are not for trade
Last week SOLIDAR, Global Progressive Forum and European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) facilitated a meeting with the US services and investment trade negotiators and Members of the European Parliament Jörg Leichtfried (MEP, Austria), David Martin (MEP, UK), Inmaculada Rodríguez Piñero (MEP, Spain), Agnes Jongerius (MEP, Netherlands) and Pedro Silva-Pereira (MEP, Portugal).