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With a view to permanently reinforcing its multilingual research team in Brussels, the European Social Observatory (OSE), is hiring a part-time experienced researcher in the area of social protection. Deadline of submission: 21st September 2015. For more information please download  the announcement. Additional information about the European Social Observatory can be accessed (EN and FR) through…

On Monday, June 15th 2015, the Oxford Institute for Social Policy, University of Oxford (with support from the ESRC ‘UK in a Changing Europe’ Initiative), the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, London, and the EU Commission in the UK, have jointly organized the event "Making Free Movement Work". The aim of this event was to provide a factual overview of free movement in the context of the UK Government’s stated commitment to holding a referendum on Britain’s continued membership of the EU…

The "Men, Women and Pensions" report was originally drafted for the European Commission (DG Justice) as an input to the 2015 Pension Adequacy Report of the Social Protection Committee of the European Union. The first part presents the reality of the gender gap in pensions and why it should be addressed. The second part gives a proper definition of pension gender gap and provides some facts and figures of the situation in the European Union. Download the full report

Citizenship is more than a status, more than a set of civic, political and social rights. It is about being able to participate in society, to develop ones capacities and to contribute to the organization of society. The chances and opportunities for youth to do so differ between countries and in time. Furthermore, economic crisis and national and EU policy responses to these crises, create potentially new inequalities and new barriers for youth. Several trends in our societies may hinder or…

European citizenship, created by the 1992 Maastricht Treaty which came into effect that same year, placed importance for the first time on people and their rights and duties. Albeit to a limited degree, the Treaty, and later on the European Charter of Fundamental Rights, defined a core set of rights and duties that make up European citizenship. However, this citizenship, which includes, for example, the right to free movement and residence throughout the EU, may be limited by the policies of…

This report was prepared for the use of the European Commission, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, Unit D2 ‘Equality between men and women’, under the auspices of the European Network of Experts on Gender Equality (ENEGE). This publication offers a range of perspectives on what has been achieved to date within the European Commission’s current work programme for gender equality, the challenges that lie ahead, and possible priorities for policy action to stimulate…

Member States may require third-country nationals with long-term resident status to pass a civic integration examination However, the means of implementing that obligation must not jeopardise the achievement of the objectives pursued by the directive on long-term residents (Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25 November 2003). The case (

On May 7, the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) organized a roundtable on ‘National identities and European Citizenship: A legitimacy conflict?’, which took place at the Palau Macaya, a modernist building in the heart of Barcelona. Coordinated by Jacint Jordana, the roundtable brought together Francis Cheneval from the University of Zurich, Carme Colomina from the newspaper ARA and Juan Díez…

A research of the case law of the European Court of Justice on EU citizens’ access to social rights Author: Gwenn (G.C.) Korteweg Supervisor: Prof. mr. F.J.L. Pennings (bEUcitizen WP 6 Coordinator) Second Supervisor: Prof. mr. S.A. de Vries (bEUcitizen Academic Coordinator) This thesis analyses the contribution of the Court’s case law on EU citizens claiming social rights to the development of the concept of EU citizenship. The concept of EU citizenship laid down in Articles…

The 2014 report on the application of the European Charter of Fundamental Rights was published today by the European Commission. This fifth annual report shows that the importance and prominence of the EU Charter continues to rise: the European Union Courts have increasingly referred to the Charter in their decisions during the course of 2014. In 2014, 210 decisions in EU Courts referenced the Charter, compared with 114 in 2013, 97 in 2012, and 43 in 2011. At a national level,  in 2014…