The EU Social Agenda in 2024 and beyond

Belgian Minister of Social Affairs Vandenbroucke outlines the possibilities for the European social agenda. Belgian will be EU-Council chair in first half of 2024

EU social agenda beyond 2024—no time to waste (socialeurope.eu)

New Report on Wealth tax and potential revenue

An annual wealth tax on the world’s richest could raise 1.7 trillion US$

Read the report

Stop Public-Private Partnerships, the future is public!

The rise of public-private partnerships (PPPs) has deeply affected the delivery of public services and infrastructure projects across the world. In this opinion piece, experts from Eurodad, Latindadd and APMDD highlight why we must move away from this failed model and promote public options to build a future that is public. 

By Océane Blavot (Eurodad), Rodolfo Bejarano (Latindadd), Mae Buenaventura (APMDD)

Published by Eurodad

A New Public Health System?

Interesting lessons from the COVID-19 crisis!

Latin America can lead the way on a new public health model | Coronavirus pandemic | Al Jazeera

Recommendation on minimum income!

Thirty years ago, in 1992, the European Council adopted a Recommendation on the requirements for minimum incomes! One cannot say its con sequen ces were overwhelming.

But now, just two days ago, a new Recommendation was adopted! The fact that some attention was given to the topic is certainly good news, what the concrete consequences will be remains to be seen.

Council adopts recommendation on adequate minimum income – Consilium (europa.eu)

(Inter)dependency

How being dependent on one another can be the best recipe for peace!

(Inter)dependency | Meer

(the article also exists in Spanish and French

The Left and Freedom

Democratic socialists must take back the concept of freedom from the libertarians, Robert Misik writes in ‘Social Europe’

Neoliberals have for decades been reducing the concept to mere ‘economic’ freedom, their worldview one in which individuals exist only as isolated atoms, each looking out for their own self-interest in antagonism to one another. ‘Freedom’ then paradoxically becomes the right of the strongest to prevail in a Hobbesian war of all against all.

Platform workers need strong legal protection

2023 can become an important year for the platform economy. A strong EU directive might be decided, finally improving conditions for workers

Read the IPS article

A Global Debt Explosion

An overview of different articles on the current situation in the South, different eminent authors:

Project Syndicate

Demystifying Bretton Wood’s discourse on public services

Drawing on the specific case of IMF and World Bank’s response to the multiple crisis triggered by the pandemic, a journal article shows that there is a discourse-practice disjuncture in the Bretton Woods institutions approach to public services as they continue to favour austerity and market-oriented solutions for the delivery of public services. The article therefore seeks to demystify the institutions rhetoric and demand the adoption of a different way of understanding public services, and social policy more broadly.

Read Eurodad’s article

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