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.
Online conference, Monday 4 October 2021, 16:00 -18:00 Björn Hacker, Professor of European Economic Policy at HTW Berlin, will present the Policy Study 'Unequal Eu...learn more
Zoom Meeting, Wednesday 23rd June 2021, 10:00 (CET) Unequal Romania | Regional disparities in Romania - How do they look like and how to overcome them? Since joini...learn more
Virtual festival, 25-27 May 2021 ‘Recovering Europe: Mind the Social Gaps’ was the topic of the 10th edition of Call to Europe, as fighting inequalities and ensuring...learn more
Online Conference, Tuesday, 4 May 2021, 09:30-13:00 CET via Zoom It took us a global pandemic to realise that we depend on care. But despite all the clapping, care worke...learn more
Webinar, Thursday, 29 April 2021 , 18:00 - 21:30 (CET) / 12:00 - 15:30 (UTC -5) Building a Caring Economy to Speed Recovery (Part 2) As we start to anticipate an end to...learn more
Online conference, Thursday, 29 April 2021, 18:00 – 19:30 CET on FEPS, PES, YES Facebook pages, live streaming On the occasion of the European Day of Solidarity betwee...learn more
Online conference, Friday 16th April, 17:30 - 19:15 The seminar addressed the issue of social and economic inequalities in the European Union and focused on the current ...learn more
Violence against women in politics is not only an intolerable violation of women’s human rights and civil rights but a fundamental challenge to democracy. The UN 65th&...learn more
Webinar, Friday 19th March, 18:00 -20:00 Pandemic is significantly shaking the foundations of a staggering reality, marked by inequalities and in search of greater socia...learn more
Webinar, Wednesday, 17 March, 17:00-19:00 (CET) Keynote Speech by Asa Regner, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Hosted by the Foundation for European Progressive Studi...learn more
FEPS and its partners have organised a set of parallel events around the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), that took place from 15 to 26 March ...learn more
Webinar, Tuesday, 16 March, 16:00 - 17:30 (CET) In the context of the 65th session of the UN Commission of the Status of Women, FEPS joined forces with the PES Women, Je...learn more
Webinar, Thursday, 11 March 2021 , 18:00 - 21:30 (CET) / 12:00 - 15:30 (UTC -5) Part 1: Who pays for recovery? Fair taxes and building a future for all Join us in early...learn more
Webinar, Thursday, 4 March 2021 , 14:00 - 15:15 (CET) Event in the framework of the 6th Progressive Youth Forum The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a disproportionate...learn more
On Tuesday, January 26th FEPS hosted the workshop ‘Concrete Actions for Social and Affordable Housing in the EU’ in the framework for Progressives’ week for af...learn more
Do they live up to the expectations? Thursday 16 December (13:30 – 14:45) On December 15, the European Commission will publish its proposals for the regulation of onl...learn more
Digital transformation is affecting the economic, political and social life in the European Union and globally. Is technology neutral? Has surveillance capitalism tipped ...learn more
Women’s political participation and representation has made unprecedented progress over the last century. However, women are far below equal representation at every lev...learn more
Wednesday, 2 December 2020 14.00-17.00 CET. Online conference. FEPS joined SOLIDAR for its European Conference 2020 to discuss lessons learned from the p...learn more
Online Study's presentation - 20th November - 11:00 -13:30 On the occasion of Universal Children's Day, FEPS, together with Fundación Pablo Iglesias, presented their jo...learn more
14th October - From 6 PM to 7.30 PM In the framework of the Africa week organised by the S&D Group in the European Parliament, PES Women and the Foundation for Europ...learn more
24th September - 17:30 -18:30 This publication launch was hosted by Progresiva. The results from the ‘Towards a Child Union’ publication were presented and discussed...learn more
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...learn more
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 ...learn more
“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...learn more
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 ...learn more
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...learn more
The online Conference "Civic responsibilities online and offline: Lifelong learning for digital and traditional citizenship education" will take place on April the 28th v...learn more
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...learn more
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...learn more
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...learn more
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...learn more
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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...learn more
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...learn more
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...learn more
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...learn more
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How could regional inequalities be tackled in a sustainable way? What opportunities do urban areas have to prevent social exclusion? Would it be time to even out the differences in well-being and access to welfare?
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It took us a global pandemic to realise that we depend on care. But despite all the clapping from the balconies, care workers continue to work in precarious and vulnerable conditions. In the EU, carers earn on average learn more
On the occasion of the 25th of November marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and the Fondation Jean Jaurès join forces to publish a series of publications authored by gender equality experts and civillearn more
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Europe is confronted with an unprecedented global health crisis. It is already clear that the human and economic cost of this COVID-19 outbreak will be massive. European institutions as well as some member states have promptly put forward some measures that clearly signal the need for alearn more
Minerva is the Roman Goddess of wisdom and justice. In this spirit, the FEPS Minerva project endeavours to deepen our knowledge of gender issues in the socio-economic domain through a multi-disciplinary and progressive approach.
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