Friday 18. August 2017
Fr Patrick H.Daly

Feeling cheated by the European dream

We are all possessive to the degree of being ourselves possessed by our belongings. And what applies to individual EU citizens applies to the EU as a whole.

European Commission

Is the Pillar of Social Rights the basis for a fairer Union?

In response to the on-going crisis, the European Commission has launched a public consultation on the European Pillar of Social Rights. A first preliminary outline has been put forward, but uncertainties remain concerning its implementation.

European Union

Forced migration and the Turkish “gate-keeper”

According to Eurostat, a total of 1.3 million persons have applied for international protection in the 28 European Union member states in 2015. Among them is a Somali girl whom JRS met in Italy.

European Union

“Missed” unaccompanied refugee children in Europe

Thousands of unaccompanied refugee minors disappear from reception centres in Europe, and national authorities do not know where they are.

European Union

Integrating refugees in Europe

The humanitarian crisis opens up a number of opportunities. In a position paper, the European Office for Catholic Youth and Adult Education calls for expansion of EU programmes and the political framework to support the integration of refugees in Europe.


>17 July
The Commission will present its 2017 review of Employment and Social Developments in Europe. This year's edition will focus on the issue of intergenerational fairness.
>24 July
The Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin) will bring together economic and financial ministers from all EU member states in order to review EU economic policies, taxation issues and the regulation of financial services.
>17-18 July
The Agriculture and Fisheries Council will be held in Brussels. Member States’ ministers responsible for fisheries and agriculture will participate in order to discuss issues relating to agriculture and fisheries, including food safety, animal health, animal welfare and plant health.
>31 July – 11 August
COMECE headquarter in Brussels will be closed.
28 – 31 August
The European Parliament’s Committees will take place in order to prepare the legislative work for Parliament's plenary.



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