Jean Monnet Chair Human Rights and the European Social Policies
The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities.(art.1a/ Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union)

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17/10/2011 - 18/10/2011 First Annual Convention of the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion

The Convention, has been organised on 17-18 October in Cracow, and reviewed the progress made towards the headline target of reducing poverty and social exclusion by at least 20 million by 2020 and the implementation of the European Platform against Poverty. It will also debate suggestions for future actions.
This first Annual Convention, organised by the European Commission with the Polish Presidency, will be the first stage of a transition to the Convention's final format.
Its key objective is to give visibility and political weight to the European Platform against Poverty and build support across various policies and institutions, different levels of government and civil society actors.
The Convention will build on the lessons learnt from the European Year on Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion 2010 and will bridge between the objectives of the Year and the social objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy.

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First Annual Convention of the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion

European platform against poverty and social exclusion

With more than 80 million people in the EU at risk of poverty – including 20 million children and 8% of the working population – the European Platform against poverty and social exclusion sets out actions to reach the EU target of reducing poverty and social exclusion by at least 20 million by 2020.
Launched in 2010, the platform is part of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
Methods
Although combating poverty and social exclusion is mainly the responsibility of national governments, the EU can play a coordinating role by:
  • identifying best practices and promoting mutual learning
  • setting up EU-wide rules
  • making funding available
Key actions
  • Improved access to work, social security, essential services (healthcare, housing, etc.) and education
  • Better use of EU funds to support social inclusion and combat discrimination
  • Social innovation to find smart solutions in post-crisis Europe, especially in terms of more effective and efficient social support
  • New partnerships between the public and the private sector

For more details follow the link:
http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=961&langId=en

Rights at work videos

New European Directive encourages creation of more, and more effective, European Works Councils
Globalisation, restructuring, and corporate strategies have consequences on employment and working conditions, especially in multinationals.
Duration: 06'15''
Date: May 2011
Views : 425
New European Directive encourages creation of more, and more effective, European Works Councils
Globalisation, restructuring, and corporate strategies have consequences on employment and working conditions, especially in multinationals.
Duration: 00'42''
Date: May 2011
Views : 57
Modernised EU Social Security Coordination
There are around 10 million mobile citizens in Europe, which represents about 2% of the population.
Duration: 3'35''
Date: Nov 2009
Views : 2303
Flexicurity
Flexicurity – in a changing labour market: examines different forms of work (part-time, fixed-term contracts…) in the context of EU labour law.
Duration: 3'22''
Date: Nov Oct 2007
Views: 1090
Work-related accidents
Most of the hundreds of thousands work-related accidents that happen every year in the EU are preventable.
Duration: 3'56''
Date: Nov 2008
Views: 1481

For more details follow the link:
http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=670&langId=en

OECD, 2010, ’The High Cost of Low Educational Performance - The Long-Run Economic Impact of Improving PISA Outcomes’

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http://www.oecd.org/

EU-China Year of Youth

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http://www.2011euchinayouth.eu/

Regional Newsletter for the European Union Centers /Institutes in East Asia

Diversity & Non-discrimination PHOTOS (FREE)

EU and Social Justice - Scales of Social Justice in EU

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The economist

Social Media Agenda

Social Agenda is our quarterly magazine. It offers a global view of the latest developments in the policies of the Directorate General. Each issue features a special section devoted to a topic of particular relevance, an interview with a prominent figure in the world of employment and social affairs, as well as latest news.

For more details follow the link:
http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=737&langId=en

European Forum

The European Forum for Democracy and Solidarity was founded in 1993. We are a platform for co-operation between social democratic parties and political foundations and aim to contribute to the development of (social-) democracy in Eastern & South Eastern Europe and the Caucasus. Within the European Forum 12 political foundations and 20 parties are active.

For more details follow the link:
http://www.europeanforum.net/

Europe in 12 lessons

Find out what the European Union does, what it’s for and how it works in 12 easy lessons here on the EU’s official website. Each lesson answers key questions about the EU such as:
  • Why do we need the EU?
  • How does it affect us?
  • What powers does it have?
  • What does the future hold for the EU?

For more details follow the link:
http://europa.eu/abc/12lessons/index_en.htm

The Lisbon Treaty - Taking Europe into the 21st century

Europe is not the same place it was 50 years ago, and nor is the rest of the world. In a constantly changing, ever more interconnected world, Europe is grappling with new issues: globalisation, demographic shifts, climate change, the need for sustainable energy sources and new security threats. These are the challenges facing Europe in the 21st century.

For more details follow the link:
http://europa.eu/lisbon_treaty/take/index_en.htm
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The Lisbon Treaty
Consolidated versions of the Treaty on European Union

Understanding China.eu - Creating Business and Dialogue!

Over the past decades, China’s fast growing economy has emerged as one of the most important markets in the world: the 4th largest world economy, the 3rd biggest exporter and the EU’s 2nd largest trading partner.

For more information:
http://www.understandingchina.eu/
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Understanding China Leaflet

Team

Doina Balahur

Prof. univ. dr.
Doina BALAHUR

Professor, PhD, Department of Sociology and Social Work, Centre for Social Management and Community Development
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Contact

"Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi

Research Centre for Social Management and Community Development (CSMCD)

Address

Blvd. Carol nr. 11, Iasi 700506, ROMANIA

Email

human_rights@csmcd.eu, doinabalahur@gmail.com


Grant 2009-3231





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