Brendan Simms in the New Statesman Magazine about possible trajectories of the European Union after the Brexit.
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After successful Town Hall Meetings in Athens, Lisbon and Rome the fourth event within the Dialogue on Europe took place in Marseilles, on 26 May 2016. Once again representatives from civil society, NGOs, local initiatives, startups, think tanks, the cultural sector and from the media gathered to discuss the most pressing challenges France and Europe are currently facing and exchange ideas about how to work towards a strengthened and progressive Europe.
The Central and Eastern European member states of the European Union (EU) predominantly reacted to the global financial crisis by implementing austerity policies and structural reforms, which have had negative repercussions for social justice. To counter this unfortunate development, this paper argues for a more European approach to both social and fiscal policy: in particular, a shift from passive social policy measures to a preventive approach based on social investment. Economic policy tools, such as a European minimum wage or a more universal approach to social benefits administration, could help prevent income poverty and social dumping, as well as foster regional investment. In order to cushion the regional consequences of asymmetrical monetary shocks, greater financial capabilities on the part of the EU are needed. This must be complemented by effective measures countering tax evasion practices and corruption. All of this demands a careful rethinking of the EU’s social and economic principles says Dr. Maria Skóra.
Young professionals and high-level speakers from politics, academia, and civil society discussed with EU commissioner László Andor at the kick-off event of the joint project “A Future Agenda for Eastern and Central Europe. Input for a New European Economic and Social Model” of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Das Progressive Zentrum in Vilnius, Lithuania, about the renewal of Europe and the key questions for the region of Eastern and Central Europe.