next social

FEPS Next Social Europe initiative has been present and prominent within the FEPS activities since the beginning. As a term it stands for a vision of a different, fairer and better Europe. The one that puts people first, that empowers and that protects them. The one that is an area of equal opportunities, social justice and social progress for all.

In the times of the crisis of 2008 and in its aftermath, the discussion on the EU level about how to implement such a vision was frozen. The reasoning behind was an understanding that the Union cannot afford its labour and welfare policies, and that instead there should be cuts made retrenching the European Social Model altogether. But the advocates of such an austerity strategy could have not been more wrong and could have not missed more the demands of the population, which has been demanding from politicians to mobilise all forces to change the trends and bring more equality, more prosperity and more welfare instead.Subsequently, it was therefore most exciting to see some new openings with the debates in 2016-2017 and particularly with the Gothenburg Summit. In their context it is possible to say that while the pertinent challenge is to define “new future for Europe”, to whichever trajectory is to be chosen - it must make EU a social and societal project again. Equipped with knowledge, studies and network of experts – FEPS hopes to contribute to that ongoing historical debate, focusing its proposals alongside 4 main streams of work

 - Strenghtening Social Investment

 - Inequalities matter

 - Revitalising active welfare states

Gender equality

In today’s Europe, gender equality is not only advancing at a snail’s pace but it also faces serious threats. In the face of the rise of far right parties, conservative family values and discriminatory stereotyping across Member States, women rights movements suddenly find themselves fighting (again) for the same rights our mothers and grandmothers fought hard in the past and that we took for granted.

Based on the conviction that equality cannot be conceived by leaving half of its population behind, FEPS believes in a gender just society where women and men are given the same opportunities. In line with the UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”, the work of FEPS on gender equality issues has focused on research and awareness raising for women’s rights through equal representation, balancing work and family life, as well as tackling violence against women and migration-related barriers. Informed by cutting edge feminist research, FEPS is developing further its capacity to inform debates with policy recommendations on issues related to gender, minorities and sexualities in the context of current political momentums.

On the basis of previous work on austerity and gender, FEPS examines and aims to understand gendered mobilization in populism, nationalism and also in extremism. The recent mass mobilization of women of all ages around the #MeToo movements has demonstrated the urgent need to address the societal, cultural and structural obstacles faced by women in their daily lives and therefore FEPS will to continue its endeavour to foster the idea that gender equality is not a cost but an important investment for our future and the economic and social prosperity of all Europeans, men and women.



  • Towards a Child Union - Slovenia

    September 24, 2020
    EDVARD, Igriška 5

    24th September - 17:30 -18:30 This publication launch is hosted by Progresiva. The results from the ‘Towards a Child Union’ will presented and discussed by European ...

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  • Inequality and the top 10% in Europe

    September 23, 2020

    23rd September 2020 - 10.00 (GTM+1)/ 11.00 (CET) This event marks the launch of 4-country study on the financial position and attitudes towards inequality amongst t...

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  • Social and affordable housing

    September 22, 2020

    22nd September - 10.00 - 12.00 Despite the consistent inequalities in access to housing across the EU and the striking consequences that all kind of housing-pathologies ...

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  • Reset! Towards digital, climate and regional justice

    September 05, 2020

    “Try turning it off and back on again” – How many times have we recommended this to fix our computers? With the Covid-19 outbreak, our economy was suddenly and dram...

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  • Expert webinar: Towards a child union

    May 12, 2020

    This experts seminar (12th May 2020) is part of a research, project that FEPS carries out with Reggio Children (IT), Pablo Iglesias Foundation (ES), Institute for Social ...

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  • EU Spending that Empowers: for an inclusive and more resilient Europe

    April 30, 2020

    Join the second FEPS COVID Response Webinar: 30 April 2020 from 10:00 to 11:30 This public online event will be the occasion to discuss how government spending...

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  • Civic responsibilities online and offline: Lifelong learning for digital and traditional citizenship education

    April 28, 2020

    The online Conference "Civic responsibilities online and offline: Lifelong learning for digital and traditional citizenship education" will take place on April the 28th v...

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  • United Nations Commission on the Status of Women – FEPS Parallel Events

    March 09th - 13th, 2020

    Cancelled For the seventh consecutive year, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) will participate to the 64th session of the Commission on the Status o...

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  • Digital Capitalism Conference

    October 29th - 30th, 2019
    Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Hiroshimastraße 17 and 28

    The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), together with the German Trade Union Confederation, the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, the Institute for the History and Future of Work (IGZA...

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  • Inequality 2020 - Reviving Europe’s Efforts to Attain Inclusive Growth

    July 01, 2019
    Press Club Bruxelles - Rue Froissart 95

    Europe had a strategy to attain smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and deliver wellbeing to its citizens. At the doorstep of 2020, our society is increasingly polari...

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  • Women for Europe, A Europe for Women!

    May 29, 2019
    Rue Montoyer, 40. 1000 Brussels

    The 2019 European elections are decisive in many ways. One of the issues featuring very prominently ahead of these elections is feminism. The current new feminist wave no...

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  • FEPS/SAMAK Digital Future project

    May 15, 2019
    Rue Montoyer, 40

    Workshop on a progressive approach to digital technology

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  • Call to Europe: No step back!

    February 22, 2019
    Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain

    Call to Europe Madrid will address two key topics that are at the heart on how we, progressives, frame a vision for more just, egalitarian and prosperous societies: Urban...

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  • Call to Europe: Working together for a Progressive Social Europe

    February 15, 2019
    C/Consell de Cent 416, Barcelona

    In the framework of our Call to Europe project, FEPS is organising with Fundació Rafael Campalans the seminar: "Working together for a Progressive Social Europe" in Barc...

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  • Call to Europe Budapest: towards a more gender balanced EU?

    December 04, 2018
    VASAS székház (trade union headquater) Magdolna u. 5, Budapest (Hungary)

    100th Anniversary of Women Suffrage Conference 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in many European countries. And yet, there is a lot still to do to...

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  • Sexual harassment and gender-based violence at work: state of play, state of emergency? European Colloquium

    November 19, 2018
    Maison de la Chimie, Paris

    Whereas about every third woman has been victim of some form of sexual harassment at work, what is the stat of play in France and Europe? Which are the legal frameworks i...

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  • Launch of 'Health Inequalities in Europe: Setting the stage for progressive policy action'

    October 10, 2018
    Rue Montoyer, 40. 1000 Brussels

    Healthcare in Europe should be equally accessible to all, but differences in gender, birthplace, and/or socioeconomic background often correlate with different standards ...

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  • Let’s keep moving – Smart, sustainable and fair transport policy solutions for Europe

    November 10, 2011
    Rue Belliard 101, 1040 Brussels, (room 63, 6th floor)

    Interpretation: EN - FR - DE FEPS and the PES Group in the Committee of the Regions are organising a series of lunch debates with an invited audience in Brussels, bringi...

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