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Events

This is the grand finale indeed! FEPS together with the Renner Institut is delighted to recommend to your attention 7 Policy Studies that were drafted by the most promising pre-PhD and post-Doc progressive scholars from all across Europe, who worked tirelessly within the 7th cycle of the FEPS Young Academics Network (FEPS YAN) Programme (2020 – 2022).

Find below
what those exceptionally talented researchers investigated and would like to recommend on the themes such as: EU Green Deal, Remote Work, EU Basic Income, European Investment Bank, Trade Unions, Social Europe and the Conference on the Future of Europe.

Don’t hesitate to additionally take a peek at the new FEPS YAN website,
where you can find all the details about the training aspect of the Programme, the honourable mentors (both from the world of politics and academia), as also the new call – which may be just the opening that you or any of your colleagues you know were looking for.

For more information please connect with the FEPS YAN Steering Committee – Ania Skrzypek (FEPS Director for Research and Training), Elena Gil (
FEPS Training and Project Coordinator) and Angelika Striedinger (RI Head of Science & Politics).
Strategic Autonomy

The European Green Deal (EGD) aims to make Europe climate neutral by 2050 while ensuring a just transition for all. However, the EGD’s high level of ambition and broad scope is not adequately reflected in member states’ commitments, and interest groups attempt to shape the EGD according to their preferences.

Given these circumstances, how can the promise of a green and just European Green Deal be realised? To shed light on this research question, the authors of this FEPS YAN Policy Study build on insights from political economy on the influence of interest groups in policymaking. Analytically, the authors propose a framework that integrates distinct sources of power (structural vis-Γ -vis instrumental) and a range of political strategies (quiet vis-Γ -vis noisy politics).

Empirically, they study two cases central to the EGD: the β€˜EU Biodiversity Diversity Strategy for 2030’ to protect nature and ecosystems; and the β€˜Hydrogen Strategy’ to power a climate-neutral economy.
Strategic Autonomy
How to unlock the European Investment Bank’s potential: four reforms

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the EU’s multilateral development bank. In this FEPS YAN policy study, the authors suggest four reforms that would help progressive policymakers to utilize unlock the EIB’s potential to play a greater role in the EU economy and its transition to a more resilient, climate-neutral, and progressive economy.

First,
the authors suggest the EIB adopts more comprehensive lending targets based on social and environmental criteria. Second, they highlight the need for a stronger focus on equity-like instruments rather than debt instruments, especially in the ongoing response to the Covid-19 crisis. Third, they propose to strengthen the EIB’s accountability towards the European Parliament to ensure a legitimate political direction and democratic control of its activities. Fourth, they propose to convert the EIB’s retained profits into paid-in capital, unlocking up to €110 billion of additional lending capacity. To simultaneously accomplish increased democratic accountability, the authors suggest converting the EIB’s retained profits into EU capital and thus making the EU an EIB shareholder. Read More
Strategic Autonomy

This FEPS YAN policy study f is an attempt to sketch out the baselines of a new progressive approach towards remote work. An approach that fosters social justice. An approach that takes seriously the promises and perils of digital transformation.

Crucially, an approach that is compatible with ecological boundaries. In other words, the fact that proximity does not seem to play as big a role in shaping our world of work as it used to play does not have to go hand in hand with the erosion of workers’ rights. It does not have to exacerbate the worst excesses of digital capitalism. And it does not have to compound the destruction of the planet. These drawbacks are outcomes of political choices – not of natural laws. They are not inevitable.

Across three strategic levels, the policy proposals illustrate that progressives all across Europe have powerful strategies and tools at their disposal to prevent these outcomes: information; institutions; and labour law. Read More

Across the political spectrum, there is widespread agreement that the European Union (EU) needs a palpable social dimension. In this FEPS YAN policy study, the authors provide a research-driven policy proposal on how this social dimension can be achieved in the light of the diversity of national welfare systems in the EU.

They argue that a Universal Basic Income (UBI) could be a conceptually appealing policy to be implemented at EU level, complementing national welfare states. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the policy is receiving unprecedented and ever-increasing attention, and enjoys widespread public popularity, but is viewed with scepticism by major political parties.

This paper is a unified source of information for progressive policymakers, advocates, consultants, and researchers who are interested in (a) how a European UBI could be concretely designed and (b) the reasoning and justifications behind its concrete design decisions. Read More

Strategic Autonomy

This policy study focuses on trade union approaches to the multiple crises in a sector critical for the sustainability transformation: aviation.

Based on empirical research,
the authors find that unions, under pressure to face contradictory and complex problems, take divergent positions on societal-environmental issues and their solutions - verging from social-ecological transformation-focused to defensive stances, also in their collaboration with social movements for change. Read More
Strategic Autonomy

Through its eclectic 20 principles, the European Pillar of Social Rights is an opportunity to break silos and look at social development as the network of challenges that it truly is.

Departing from the rather long history of European social rights, the implementation of the EPSR must follow a holistic approach, identifying synergies with discussions it already hints at in its 20 principles.

In order to contribute to the identification of such synergies, this paper attempts to shed light on three transversal issues that national governments and the European Commission must bear in mind when implementing the EPSR: civil rights; labour relations; and gender equality. The analysis departs from the setting of the current model of welfare state in post-World War II Europe and it ends with the Porto Summit 2021, reflecting on the documents approved and what they can mean for a post-COVID-19 Social Europe. Read More
Citizens’ Europe - An institutional turn for an ever-democratic Union?

To be published soon

8th Call for New Members of the FEPS Young Academics Network

FEPS and the Karl-Renner-Institut are delighted to present a call for new members for the 8th cycle of FEPS YAN – FEPS Young Academics Network. It will start in summer 2022. A cycle consists of four phases: forming the working groups, research, publication and dissemination

You can read the Call for members PDF here



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