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The New Pact for Europe (NPE) initiative – launched in 2013 and steered by the King Baudouin Foundation, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Open Society Initiative for Europe and the European Policy Centre, supported by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Open Estonia Foundation, the BMW Foundation and the Network of European Foundations – aims to rebuild trust through national and transnational dialogue and develop new common ground on the way forward for the European Union. After years of multiple crises, the EU27 should re-energise the European project. This third NPE report, which is the culmination of five years of work reflecting more than 120 national and transnational debates throughout Europe, argues that the EU27 should have the political will and courage to agree on an ambitious but realistic win-win package deal to overcome deadlocks and counter the danger of a more regressive, nationalistic, closed, illiberal and authoritarian Europe, the greatest challenge we are currently facing.
Building upon the most recent research findings and the expertise of a task force of renowned experts from academia, social partners, private sector and administration on the obstacles to pervasive labour market integration of older workers, EPC and Bertelsmann Stiftung have compiled a set of policy recommendations to work towards more employment opportunities for older workers.
As media articles, academic papers and policy reports on the subject have pointed out, immigration to Europe has become more copious, diverse and complex than ever before, with migrants hailing from different cultural, economic and social backgrounds and from all corners of the world.They can be highly skilled or unskilled, temporary or permanent, and their motives and intentions are equally diverse. Reflecting this, immigration policies to manage the flow of migrants into the European Union have also becomemore complex in the last decade, at both the national and supranational level. Yet, despite government recognition that immigration and integration policies should be developed hand in hand, there is little evidence that the latter are being framed with as much attention to detail as the former.This paper looks at current national and EU integration policies, and compares existing policy parameters with the integration needs of some often-overlooked migrant populations within Europe, such as temporary migrant workers,international students and migrant workers from the EU-8 (the countries of central and eastern Europe which joined the EU in May 2004).This paper recommends that policy-makers take a more nuanced approach to integration, developing policies tailored to address the full range of migrant needs. It focuses on integrating newly-arrived migrants into Europe, and on the distinction that Member States make between those who arrive intending to settle and those who do not.
This report summarises a European Policy Centre discussion that was headed by Poul Nielson, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid. The policy briefing focuses on the role that foundations and non-profit organisations have, and will continue to play, in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
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