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News archive

The Democratic Potential of Emerging Social Movements in Southeastern Europe

FES is pleased to announce the publication of our latest edited volume, “The Democratic Potential of Emerging Social Movements in Southeastern Europe”, which examines the transformative potential of civil society mobilization across the Balkans and Europe’s Southeast. This is a timely intervention into the public and policy debate surrounding the future and methods of democratic governance in the region, and it is one we hope you will share widely: http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/bueros/sarajevo/13781.pdf


Annual Conference "Together against Trafficking in Human Beings"

FES-Romania together with the European Center for Legal Education and Research and with the support of the Embassies of Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, the Netherlands, Israel and the United States held the fourth edition of the national conference "Together against Trafficking in Persons" in Bucharest on 25 September 2017.

The meeting is the most well-known annual debate 锘縤n Romania on organized crime for magistrates, police officers, labor inspectors and civil servants in local public institutions, as well as representatives of non-governmental organizations involved in combating the phenomenon of trafficking in human beings.

Details about the conference, program, speakers and presentations can be found here: https://communication.lpages.co/impreuna-impotriva-traficu.../


Rethinking Europe: A New Social Democratic Narrative - FES Alumni Conference 2017

The Western world is facing the biggest challenges in its political landscape since the fall of the Berlin wall. 2016 was the year of the referendum on #Brexit and across the Atlantic, where ultra-conservatives and radical right groups in America are celebrating the election to the White House of the billionaire Donald Trump, the populist wave celebrated a victory never seen before. For the first time since the end of the Second World War fundamental elements of the European security architecture are put openly under question, whereas in America and Europe the political discourse is no longer about bringing down barriers of any kind, but about building walls and fences again.

Meanwhile, in spite of the revelations that culminated with the Panama Papers scandal, the politics of big business, of uncontrollable and uncontrolled financial flows, and of deregulation continues. This is effectively done to the detriment of those who work to earn their living by hiding profits from the fiscal authorities, by lowering work and living standards, by externalizing production costs, thus putting heavier burdens on the shoulders of the many. The austerity policies imposed inside EU with the help of liberal and conservative forces did not restore the welfare and wellbeing of European citizens, but determined a chronicization of poverty and created additional tensions inside a European union already in trouble.

The 2017 FES Alumni Conference, that took place on May 5-7 2017, in Bucharest aimed to discuss about the way social democracy is responding to these tremendous challenges. What message sends the democratic left to its citizens and to the entire world? And what is needed to be done, not to surrender the world in the hands of the populists and neoliberals?


Annual Conference "Together against Trafficking in Human Beings"

FES-Romania together with the European Center for Legal Education and Research and with the support of the Embassies of Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, the Netherlands, Israel and the United States held the fourth edition of the national conference "Together against Trafficking in Persons" in Bucharest on 25 September 2017.

The meeting is the most well-known annual organized crime debate in Romania for magistrates, police officers, labor inspectors and civil servants in local public institutions, as well as representatives of non-governmental organizations involved in combating the phenomenon of trafficking in human beings.

Details about the conference, program, speakers and presentations can be found here: https://communication.lpages.co/impreuna-impotriva-traficu.../


Europe calling: Politik für Europa – Politics for Europe

Financial crisis, economic crisis, refugee crisis: They are serving as centrifugal forces, polarising Europe and driving it apart. Recently, trust in the European Union and finding joint solutions for such central challenges has really suffered. 
That makes it even more important to ask: What is keeping Europe together?  And what progressive European policies can counter pessimism and legitimate worries with a positive alternative that is fit for the future?
With Europe Calling (#ec17fes), the Friedrich Ebert Foundation will address these questions and discuss them in Rome (21st March), Belgrad (9th Mai), Brussels (tbc), Budapest (tbc) and Berlin (tbc).  Europe Calling is developing ideas for a social, fair and free Europe. Join the discussion! Follow the live stream and live bloging!


View from the other side - Partners' perspective on Ostpolitik

Germany has often been invited to engage stronger in foreign policy. Within the framework of the Ukraine crisis, Germany now played a central role within the EU. Through the partners' eyes we are looking in the new FES publication at the Ostpolitik. How is Germany's role assessed, what expectations and which criticisms do the partner countries have in this commitment? With a view from 12 countries, all the complexity that Germany needs considering from this central role becomes visible. What is especially clear, is that Germany's commitment is greatly appreciated by its partners and this mainly because it takes a coordinating and not a leading role. The Romanian perspective is offered by Stephan Meuser, country representative of the FES in Romania: http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/id-moe/13301.pdf


Minimum Wage as a Public Policy Instrument – Pros and Cons

The study presents arguments in support of the need to introduce/increase the minimum wage in the countries at the periphery of the European Union, including Romania. It also analyses the correlation between the increase of the minimum wage and the dynamics of labor productivity in Romania, between the economic  competitiveness and the minimum wage, but also between the increase in the minimum wage and the reduction in the poverty/economic deprivation rate. The study concludes that the deep income inequality, the inequitable distribution of the net national income between labor and capital, the asymmetrical dissemination of the benefits of economic growth and the slow social lift are arguments in favor an increase of the minimum wage to a decent level able to boost the economic and social multiplier effects of using this instrument.  The study is available in English as well as in Romanian.


The 2016 Annual Reviews of Labour Relations and Social Dialogue for 16 countries in Central Eastern Europe and Southeast Europe

The „Annual Reviews of Labour Relations and Social Dialogue” provide a yearly analysis of important developments in the field of Labour Relations for 16 countries of Central Eastern Europe and Southeast Europe. For 2016, some of the dominant topics in the region are the raise of wages, including minimum wages, an increase in precarious working conditions, (qualified) labour shortage in the Baltics and the V4 countries, as well as dissatisfaction in most countries about the state of tripartite social dialogue. The country report for Romania is available here.


Sagwas.net („saysomething.net”) presents the situation in Romania

sagwas.net is an online debate portal on politics and events initiated by the Berlin Forum of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation,  aimed at bloggers, politicians, journalists and culture-builders. Find the interview on the situation in Romania from the FES country representative here.


Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft (IPG) in English: interviews, comments and debate platform

FES is offering a new platform for debate on international and European politics in the English-speaking world. Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft (IPG) has started with an English language edition. "International Politics and Society", the sister page of the German edition will translate some of the German texts into English, but will also publish their own texts exclusively. To visit "International Politics and Society", click here.


 Romania’s Second Democratic Transition  

„Romania needs a second democratic transition” states a new report from FES Romania. The first one has built new institutions but not a cohesive society, preferred enforcement and hierarchical institutions over the representative ones, and placed too much emphasis on international drivers for change: http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/id-moe/13080.pdf


Reconstruction of the workers’ rights in Romania
The political and economic context faced by the trade unions in Romania today is one of the most difficult in decades. Neoliberal assault on labor market policies, deregulation, austerity, the transfer on workers of the successive crises costs have led to major imbalances in expanding poverty and social inequality. The new FES report describes the situation of employees' rights in Romania after the changes of the labor and social dialogue legislation in 2011 and comes up with proposals to increase employee protection and strengthening the social dialogue.


Romania’s Trade Unions at the Crossroads

A new FES publication about the trade union’s situation in Romania, that underlines the effects of the 2011 labor and social dialogue  law reform on the  employees’ freedom of association, the collective bargaining coverage, but also the structural problems that the trade union movement is facing and that needs to be addressed from within. Find out more on the topic by reading the study here: http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/id-moe/12924-20161123.pdf


Conference: Together against Human Trafficking. Addressing Human Trafficking and Exploitation in the Wake of the Refugee Crisis. Challenges and Practical Lessons  

Human trafficking in general and human trafficking for forced labour in particular is a crime that often goes under-reported due to its covert nature, various misconceptions about its definition, and lack of awareness at the local and regional levels. It is also overwhelmingly perpetrated by organized crime groups that operate in various countries, and this transnational crime dimension makes it harder to combat. Romania, along with other SEE countries, is important for these networks not only as a transit, but especially as origin country. The reasons for this are the extreme poverty and vulnerability (economic instability, ethnic discrimination, natural disasters etc.), the violence against women and domestic violence, the “west mirage” – a false promise for a better job and high or fast incomes –, population growth in poor communities etc.  

The conference is organised on Friday, 18 November 2016, by FES Romania in partnership with the European Center for Legal Education and Research (ECLER) with the support of the German, Swedish, British and Dutch Embassies in Bucharest.

The main goals of the conference are to explore to which extent the refugee humanitarian crisis has reshaped the structures and ways of operation of human trafficking networks in Europe; and to take a closer, more critical look at the approaches and practices used in fighting human trafficking and exploitation with a particular emphasis on the consequences for Romania's policy and law enforcement response.


Europe’s Security Governance and Transatlantic Relations

A new FES Publication by the new FES Office in Vienna: If one agrees that the Ukraine crisis is only the symptom, not the cause, of the current crisis in EU-Russian relations, a comprehensive rethinking of security in Europe between the EU and Russia is desperately needed. The EU and its member states cannot avoid some serious decision-making. Find out more on the topic by reading the study here: http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/id-moe/12905.pdf


Conference: Right-wing Extremism and Hate Crime. Political, Legal and Administrative Approaches

The nationalist, xenophobic discourse is making a comeback everywhere in Europe. Romania is no exception, despite lacking prominent extremist parties or leaders. Some of this comeback feeds on ideas and positions that were common to the between-the-two-wars Romanian Extreme Right. Especially in the recent years, the Romanian public debate failed to address the issue from high civic and moral grounds, to acknowledge and condemn firmly the mistakes of the past and to trace clear demarcation lines for the defense and consolidation of the democratic mainstream. What we’ve seen so far, in spite of new legislation tackling extremist manifestations, discrimination and hate crime, was often a sense of reluctance from the entire political body and the public institutions alike to confront these phenomena that threaten human dignity and democracy. 

Against this background, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) together with the Elie Wiesel National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania would like to invite you to a conference on how to tackle hate crime and right-wing extremism with political, legal and administrative means. The conference will take place in Bucharest, on 1 November 2016. 

The program can be downloaded from here: Romanian/English. Participation is available with prior registration.


The recognition and protection of families based on same-sex couples - public debate

On 23 June in Bucharest, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Romania together with the Anti-discrimination Coalition invited to a public debate on: ”The Recognition and protection of families based on same-sex couples”. The event was organized in the framework of Bucharest Pride 2016 and aimed to bring to the attention of legal practitioners and specialists several problematic legislative gaps regarding the recognition and protection of same-sex couples and families. The event hosted also the launch of the Expert Report conducted by PD Dr. Friederike Wapler for Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, concerning Constitutionality issues of opening the marriage to same-sex couples.

The report translated in Romanian can be downloaded here.
The agenda of the meeting cand be consulted here.


Follow the LIVE-Event online, Monday 20. June: EUROPE CALLING

Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, will devote time to answer questions that are asked through twitter following his speech at 1.30 pm (CEST). Please use the #ec16berlin to comment or ask questions to the panelists:
•    Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament
•    Pierre Moscovici, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs
•    Aydan Özo臒uz, Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration in Germany
•    Laura Slimani, President of the Young European Socialists
•    Radek Sikorski, Former Foreign Minister of Poland
•    Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany
Full schedule available here!

Financial crisis, refugee crisis, Brexit crisis: Those are the driving forces that are polarizing the political debate in Europe. Their severity has contributed to a lack of trust in the ability of the European Union and its member states to find joint solutions for these central challenges.
It’s time to ask: What is keeping Europe together? What unites us? And what kind of progressive European policies are fit to counter the pessimism and legitimate worries caused by theses crisis?
With EUROPE CALLING the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung will address these questions and develop ideas for a social, fair and free Europe. Join the discussion!


SOE: Dialog Southeast Europe

Based in Sarajevo, the Regional Dialogue Southeast Europe (Dialogue SOE) coordinates the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung’s efforts to advance democratic consolidation, social and economic justice and peace through regional cooperation. For information on the activity of the office visit the new webpage: www.fes-southeasteurope.org


A Shared European Home - The European Union, Russia and the Eastern Partnership

In the new FES Perspective eleven authors from the EU, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine advocate for a pragmatic policy of the EU vis-a-vis its eastern neighbours: The deep crisis in EU-Russia relations should not prevent Brussels from seeking cooperation in areas where mutual interests coincide. Opportunities exist in the economic sphere, in technical and scientific cooperation, in civil society exchange, and in global politics. Find out more by reading here: http://www.fes.de/lnk/sharedhome


Beyond Panama Papers – How to achieve Justice globally

The recent Panama Paper leaks exposed patters of tax evasion, money laundering and corruption used by privileged individuals and companies around the world. What is seemingly just the tip of an iceberg points at the vast global gap in wealth, income and influence between the rich and the poor. If the richest are unwilling and the poorest are unable to participate in the creation of public goods, our societies are in danger of disintegrating. How is it possible to advance the struggle for global justice, transparency and integrity?  How would a system of just laws look like and what are possibilities for establishing it? To address these and other questions Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung invites to a debate with Thomas Pogge, Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs at Yale University.
The event is part of the FES Sustainable Romania Lecture Series.
Cluj Napoca, 23rd May 2016, starting with 16.00, Schuman Hall, Faculty of European Studies, Emanuel de Martonne Street, no. 1, Cluj Napoca
Bucharest, 25th May 2016, starting with 17.00, Impact Hub Bucharest, Halelor Street no. 5, 2nd floor.


Europe calling: Politik für Europa – Politics for Europe

Financial crisis, economic crisis, refugee crisis: They are serving as centrifugal forces, polarising Europe and driving it apart. Recently, trust in the European Union and finding joint solutions for such central challenges has really suffered. 
That makes it even more important to ask: What is keeping Europe together?  And what progressive European policies can counter pessimism and legitimate worries with a positive alternative that is fit for the future?
With Europe Calling (#ec16fes), the Friedrich Ebert Foundation will address these questions and discuss them in Brussels (24th of February), Zagreb (24th of May), Athens (2nd of June), Düsseldorf (16th of June) and finally, in Berlin (20th of June).  Europe Calling is developing ideas for a social, fair and free Europe. Become a part of it! Follow the live stream and live bloging!


Policies for Innovation in Times of Digitalization

A new FES report that offers insight into the central questions concerning the social and technological aspect of innovation policies in an increasingly digitalized society. The report underlines the need for an open discussion among progressive political actors and across national borders, especially within the EU. It also reveals that a broad policy framework, which focuses not only on growth statistics and competitiveness, but on society and the workers most affected by digitization, is very much required. Find out more by reading here: http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/wiso/12512.pdf


Dealing with the refugee challenge: German and Romanian policies and European solutions

The European Union is confronted with a major challenge due to the high number of refugees that arrive in Europe every day. The number of newcomers in 2015 was almost three times higher than in 2014 and the forecasts estimate that numbers will stay as high in 2016. The exposure to the refugee inflow varies from country to country and the burden is unequally distributed among the EU member states. Some, like Germany, are experiencing unprecedented high numbers while others, like Romania, are currently not transit or destination countries.Against this background, Eurosfat 2016 will host the workshop “Dealing with the refugee challenge: German and Romanian policies and European solutions”, organized by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania (FES) and the Foundation for a Democratic Left (FSD), with the contribution  of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Romania and the German Embassy in Romania. More information, find here: www.fes.ro/media/2016_news/Eurosfat_Invitation_May_6.pdf


Annual Review of Labour Relations and Social Dialogue in Romania

Although the macroeconomic indicators point to a solid economic recovery in 2015, the social situation in Romania is not marked by considerable improvement. Inequality has increased while the unemployment rate and the percentage of people at risk of poverty declined insignificantly. Albeit, some efforts have been made to improve social dialogue and labour legislation even though few actual changes have occurred in the area.
Find out more on the Labour Relations and Social Dialog in Romania from the FES Annual Review: http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/bueros/bratislava/12471.pdf


Conference Eastern Partnership Revisited April 5, 2016

The EU’s Eastern Partnership initiative is at the center of controversial political debates. Apart from the relationship with the Russian Federation, issues concerning the progress achieved so far by the partner countries on the road to rule of law, pluralism and market economy, the status of implementation of the Association Agreements and the way the EU should act in order to promote peace, security and prosperity in this region keep the topic high on the EU Foreign Policy agenda.

Against this background, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) would like to invite you to a conference on the future of the Eastern Partnership. Experts from the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, Poland and Romania will present their views on the current state of affairs.

Europe’s Arc of Instability. The Eastern Partnership Revisited
5 April 2016, 09.30-12.30 h
Hotel Intercontinental Bucharest, Rapsodia Conference Room, first floor

RSVP: Cristian Chiscop. Program Coordonator, cristian.chiscop@fes.ro

Working languages of the conferences will be English and Romanian, with simultaneous translation. Details about the program can be found here: conference program April 5


Digitalization and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Opportunities and Risks for Romania

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania (FES) and the Foundation for a Democratic Left (FSD) organize a  debate about  the challenges posed by the digitalization for Romania. Some studies show that Romania will be among the most affected, more than 60% of the existing jobs being at risk of computerization. But  for a country like Romania, characterized by a well-developed and relatively competitive IT sector on the one hand and some important manufacturing industries on the other hand “Industry 4.0” could offer opportunities if policies and framework conditions are supportive.  The event will have, among speakers, Henning Meyer (Editor-in-Chief of Social  Europe Journal, Research Associate at LSE Public Policy Group (PPG), London School of Economics and Political Science), Varujan Pambuccian (Member of the Romanian Parliament), Radu Merica ( President of the German-Romanian Chamber of Commerce), Dorin Pena (General Manager, CISCO Romania) and  Florentin Iancu (President of the Timisoara IT Trade Union (SITT). The event will take place on 4th of April 2016, 17.00-19.00, Connect Hub Bucharest, Bd. Dacia 99, 4th floor, Bucharest. More details you can find here.


Refugee policy in the European Union - Protect Human Rights!

A new FES report by Petra Bendel that gives a comprehensive and detailed overview of the European Union’s refugee policy. It serves to provide orientation in this currently very dynamic policy area. Universal human rights offer a compass for evaluating proposed measures and policy ideas: http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/wiso/12405.pdf


Opening the marriage to same-sex couples. Legal Assessment

Today nobody must marry, if they don't wish to do so. But some would like it and cannot so far. In Germany a Law on domestic partnership was adopted in 2001, allowing same-sex couples to formalize their relationship. While over the years indirectly via the courts there has been a continuous rapprochement between the so-called registered partnership for same-sex couples and the marriage for heterosexual couples, some differences still persist.

The expert report of Dr. Friederike Wapler gives an affirmative answer to the fundamental question of opening the marriage, from a constitutional point of view, to same-sex couples, by placing the central formulations of the German Basic Law into historical context and by taking into account current European legal developments as well as international law applicable to Germany. 


The Digital Society - Impulses for the Digitalisation Congress

Digitalisation now pervades all areas of our lives as individuals and communities. It may make our lives better – but it may also make them worse. Currently, the nodes of the networked society are still in the hands of a few private companies. Matters that affect everyone and are hence public are increasingly being subjected to the logic of capitalist exploitation. Decision-making follows the rules of private, commercial interests, not democratic ones. Yet digitalisation also has the potential to further social progress, provided it is shaped with democratic and social interests in mind. This was the central idea of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung’s 2015 congress and here are the points that were discussed: http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/fes/12350.pdf


New and ambitious or just more of the same? - The Energy Union at a crossroads

The following paper outlines the necessity of giving new momentum to a coherent and comprehensive European energy policy. It initially outlines the status quo and the recent initiatives from the European Council and Commission before calling for a more ambitious Energy Union with clearly defined policy proposals for action: http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/wiso/12354.pdf


The Economic Rationale for International Labor Rights

Most of workers’ and human rights violations persist in the global South. Therefore, the debate about international workers’ rights revolves primarily around enforcing social standards in developing countries. As countries in the global South operate on the same level of industrial development and similar market positions by offering cheap labor, the strict adherence to core workers’ rights will put them at a comparative disadvantage vis-à-vis its competitors. This situation is the very reason why developing countries are limited in their ability to raise labor standards on their own. In this FES study you will find the arguments why developing countries cannot raise their social standards in isolation but only in conjunction with other countries, by multilateral agreement: http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/iez/12312.pdf


The European Union Facing Massive Challenges – What are Citizens’ Expectations and Concerns? 

This report is based upon the findings of a representative 8 country survey conducted by 'policy matters' on behalf of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. Interviews were conducted in Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic. Respondents’ reactions to current challenges are as diverse as the political realities in their respective countries. While concern is widespread, its causes vary considerably among countries http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/id/ipa/12346.pdf


FES study - The European Union and Belarus

On the 15th of February 2016 in Brussels the EU Foreign Affairs Council decided to lift most of the sanctions on Belarus, based on the assumption that "there is an opportunity for EU-Belarus relations to develop on a more positive agenda and that progress in a variety of fields can better be achieved through enhanced channels of communication." Our new FES Perspective agrees with this assessment. It advocates for a new paradigm in EU-Belarus relations: The EU has to learn how to deal with a neighbour that, for the time being, does not seek "European integration". 


For a European Progressive Eastern Policy

With this publication, three social democratic institutions — the Dutch Foundation Max van der Stoel (FMS), the Polish Amicus Europae Foundation of Aleksander Kwasniewski, and the German Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung — have tried to get closer to formulating progressive positions on policy towards Eastern Europe: http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/id-moe/12270.pdf


FES analysis - The Future of the German Automotive Industry

What would the future of the German automotive industry be? The automotive industry is one of the most important industrial sectors in Germany and, in some regions it is a crucial element of the economic structure. Read a FES analysis on the structural change in the automotive industry, on the challenges it is facing and on the perspectives is has: http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/wiso/12165.pdf


Foundations and Crisis of the European Peace and Security Order

The central objective and promise of the European Peace and Security Order of Paris was to establish a common space of cooperative security based on equality and reciprocity. By annexing Crimea and intervening in the civil war in Eastern Ukraine, Russia has violated the principles of international law. It was the first annexation of territory of a neighboring country since 1945, which rattled the foundation of the European peace order. Nonetheless, the deeper roots of the conflict cannot be found in Russian action alone. While Europe became more and more united under the umbrella of NATO and the EU, the role of the OSCE was ignored and a largely isolated Russia left aside. The new FES study shows that it is crucial to renew mutual security reassurances and to find an appropriate balance between the roles of the OSCE, NATO and the EU within the European security architecture. 


Romania: refugees in the country of migrants?

The Romanian government has spoken out against compulsory quotas for the distribution of refugees within the European Union. But unlike some other Eastern EU member states there were no clear voices against refugees heard from Bucharest. Backgrounds and assessments on refugee policy in Romania can be found in the German version of the new FES-Perspektive study "Romania: refugees in the country of migrants?" by the journalist Silviu Mihai.


International Workshop on Political Participation in Times of Crises, Cluj-Napoca, 14-17.11.2015

The workshop on “Political participation in times of crises” in Cluj-Napoca was organized by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania together with Dr. Tina Olteanu from the Department of Political Science of the University of Vienna, Austria. About thirty students and researchers from Athens in Greece, Gießen in Germany, Vienna in Austria and several Romanian cities such as Bucharest, Cluj, Iasi, Sibiu and Timioara gathered to discuss various aspects of citizens’ protest and engagement in Romania. The participants were not only characterized by geographic diversity but also academic multidisciplinarity as they are students and researchers of history, law, political science or sociology.

The participants discussed about street art such as graffiti and public interventions of artists around political topics highlighting the relevance of the public sphere for political participation, the challenges and chances of political activism in Romania, and possible new impetus coming from solidarity economy models. The debate further concentrated on the link between capitalism and political participation, critically reflecting new trends in research that approach with political consumerism or a more comprehensive societal transformation questioning the neoliberal status quo. But also very classical forms of political participation have been discussed during the workshop, which seemed to have gained a new urgency due to the tragedy at the Club Colectiv.

The workshop showed that political participation is on the rise in Romania. Activists challenge the administrative and political sphere by monitoring policies, rules and regulations, by holding political actors accountable for their decisions and challenging long established paternalistic patterns of local elites and administrations. Collectively, they are asking for the politicization of politics. Still, they hesitate to take the step towards engaging in party politics and forming new parties.


Sun, Water, Wind: Development of the Energy Transition in Germany

2014 was a record year for renewables. For the first time, more than 27 per cent of the demand for electricity was met by sun, wind, water, and biomass. Thus within 25 years the share of renewables in power generation grew from 3 per cent to more than a quarter. Find out more on the development of the energy transition in Germany in the new FES study here.


Statutory minimum wage in practice - Conditions for successful implementation

With the statutory minimum wage of €8.50 per hour introduced from January 2015 Germany now has a binding wage floor aimed at preventing wage dumping and bolstering fairness in the labour market. To realise that aim, the minimum wage must also be effectively implemented and enforced in practice. More in the new FES publication here.


German-Romanian Roundtable on Europe

On November 25, 2015 in Bucharest took place the third meeting of the German-Romanian Roundtable on Europe. This year's event focused on the topic: "In Quest for Stability in a Europe of Permanent Crises. German and Romanian Views." The roundtable, organized annually by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania, together with the European Institute of Romania (IER) and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin, brings together German and Romanian diplomats as well as experts from think-tanks to discuss issues ranging from bilateral relations, to political, economic and social cohesion of the EU, the recent developments in the European Neighbourhood as well as to aspects of European and trans-atlantic security.


Training program Trade Union Academy 2015

On 20-22 November 2015, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania organized the last module of the training program Trade Union Academy 2015. The event was hold in Busteni and its target group was formed  by young active trade union members. The training addressed the main issues and problems that occurred in the aftermath of the global economic crisis and the challenges faced by the trade unions in this context.


Conference Labour Standards and Social Dialogue in the Automotive Industry

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania organized a conference on Labor Standards and Social Dialogue in Automotive Industry in Romania. The conference took place on 17-18 November 2015 in Craiova, Romania. Representatives of different social actors – trade unions, employers organizations and members of work councils form various companies from the automotive industry, from Romania, but also other EU countries, discussed the recent economic trends and labor market evolution, as well as their impact on the Romanian automotive industry, currently one of the most dynamic economic sectors. The labor standards from the automotive industry have been extensively analyzed during the conference, next to the impact of the 2011 legislative reforms’ impact on the labor conditions, collective bargaining and social dialogue.


Together Against Human Trafficking - Fighting against Labour Exploitation. Challenges and Practical Lessons

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania and the European Center for Legal Education and Research, together with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, organized the 2nd edition of the roundtable “Together Against Human Trafficking”, which is focused on „Fighting against Labour Exploitation. Challenges and Practical Lessons”. The event took place in Bucharest on November 9th, 2015. The roundtable series was created with the objective to facilitate through dialogue and information exchange a stronger, more coordinated response to the phenomenon of trafficking in persons in Romania. This year's event addressed the challenges encountered by the main Romanian, German and Dutch actors involved in preventing and combating trafficking in persons, as well as in the protection of the victims of human trafficking. The participants were labour inspectors, NGO representatives, magistrates and lawyers, police officers, researchers, as well as foreign diplomats in Romania.


For an active Democracy - training program for high school history teachers

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania, together with the National Institute for the Study of Holocaust in Romania “Elie Wiesel” organized a training program for high school history teachers on democracy and right-wing extremism in Predeal, on 23-25 October 2015. The program builds on the foundations of the exhibition “For an active Democracy – Against Right-Wing Extremism” and aims at addressing critical aspects of Romanian contemporary history that are part of history classes in high school.
More information about the exhibition can be found here: www.nu-extremismului-de-dreapta.ro


Responding to the challenges of climate change

In the framework of the project series Sustainable Romania, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Romania organized on 21st October in Bucharest and 23rd October in Cluj Napoca  two  lectures on the climate changes challenges that our societies are facing. The guest speaker of the lectures was Kevin Anderson, professor of Energy and Climate Change in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE) at the University of Manchester. This seminar revisited the scale of the climate challenge, arguing that whilst the science of climate change has progressed, the societies obstinately refuse to acknowledge the rate at which our emissions from energy need to be reduced. Highly speculative geo-engineering is increasingly used to balance incremental tweaks to a ‘business-as-usual’ model with rapidly dwindling carbon budgets for 2°C. Similarly, the eloquent rhetoric of green growth continues to eclipse analysis demonstrating the need for radical social as well as technical change. Taking these issues head on, this seminar developed a quantitative framing of mitigation, based on IPCC carbon budgets, before finishing with more qualitative examples of what a genuine low-carbon future may contain.


Report: Eastern Partnership Revisited

This report is the outcome of the joint endeavour of the Warsaw office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Stefan Batory Foundation, as well as of the contribution of the leading experts from the Eastern Partnership Countries and the EU who tried to find answers to the principle question of whether the coming years will decide the future of the EaP countries seeking closer relations, and eventually integration, with the European Union, namely Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Read the full report to learn more about the recommendations put forward by the authors in terms of the association of their countries with the European Union, taking into account the opportunities and possible obstacles faced by both the EU and the associated EaP countries.


FES Study: Giving Teeth to the EU’s Social Dimension

The social dimension of the European Union was fundamentally weakened in two stages: at the end of the 1990s, binding legislation lost considerable ground in favour of non-binding coordination of national labour market policies by means of the open method of coordination. In the wake of the euro crisis this coordination was transferred in broad areas to ministers of finance and the economy. Today, the programmes and instruments of the social dimension are being hollowed out and play only a secondary role in EU policymaking. The social dialogue at European level, once a beacon of hope for a Social Europe, no longer gives rise to binding agreements. The major losers from this development are employees and trade unions in the member states. Within the framework of the current treaties further development of the social dimension is difficult, but – within limitations – possible. There is a window of opportunity for this with progressive governments in key member states and the new political dependence of the European Commission. The study is accessible here.


TTIP: facts and fiction, a new Sustainable Romania debate

In the framework of the project series Sustainable Romania, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Romania organized on 30 September in Bucharest and 2nd October in Cluj Napoca the debates TTIP: facts and fiction. The debates had as main speaker Pia Eberhardt, from the Corporate Europe Observatory, but also Romanian stakeholders: Lavinia Andrei (Terra Mileniul Trei), Sorin Moisa (European Parliament) and Andreea Paul (Romanian Parliament).
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is one of the most important and influential trade agreements of our lifetime. The discussions focused on the manner in which the treaty is being negotiated and the lack of transparency of the process, the issue of investor-state dispute settlement, as well as economic impact and possible consequences for Romania. 


Exploitation as a business model: European workers without rights in Germany

In the last years, a grey area has emerged on the German labor market, leading to several abuses of the Eastern European mobile workers’ rights. The exploitation of the mobile non-German workers occurs in many sectors and, as a rule, takes legal forms, such as work through temporary trans-border work agency, posted work or fictive self-employment.  The German control authorities are overloaded and cannot offer an appropriate answer to the situation.  There is a serious risk of social dumping, because those who do not respect the rules and avoid tax payment are more competitive and offer smaller prices for their services or products. The romanian version of the study can be found here.


Debate „TTIP: facts & fiction”

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania organizes a new debate in the framework of the Sustainable Romania project. The debate will focus on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and will have as main speaker Pia Eberhard, from Corporate Europe Observatory. The event will take place on 30th September in Bucharest and 2nd October  in Cluj Napoca.  More details about the you can find here (Bucharest event) and here (Cluj Napoca event).   


INTERNATIONAL POLICY ANALYSIS: Organising In and Along Value Chains

Transnational corporations have profited enormously from investment subsidies, tax breaks and deregulated labour markets. Today, they dominate the global economy, controlling some 80 per cent of world trade through their own operations and those of their business partners, organised in global value chains. These webs of power have fragmented the workplace and become the factories of the 21st century. More on the topic in the new FES study: http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/iez/11560.pdf


TTIP: facts and fiction, a new Sustainable Romania debate

In the framework of the project series Sustainable Romania, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Romania organized on 30 September in Bucharest and 2nd October in Cluj Napoca the debates TTIP: facts and fiction. The debates had as main speaker Pia Eberhardt, from the Corporate Europe Observatory, but also Romanian stakeholders: Lavinia Andrei (Terra Mileniul Trei), Sorin Moisa (European Parliament) and Andreea Paul (Romanian Parliament).
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is one of the most important and influential trade agreements of our lifetime. The discussions focused on the manner in which the treaty is being negotiated and the lack of transparency of the process, the issue of investor-state dispute settlement, as well as economic impact and possible consequences for Romania. 


Exploitation as a business model: European workers without rights in Germany

In the last years, a grey area has emerged on the German labor market, leading to several abuses of the Eastern European mobile workers’ rights. The exploitation of the mobile non-German workers occurs in many sectors and, as a rule, takes legal forms, such as work through temporary trans-border work agency, posted work or fictive self-employment.  The German control authorities are overloaded and cannot offer an appropriate answer to the situation.  There is a serious risk of social dumping, because those who do not respect the rules and avoid tax payment are more competitive and offer smaller prices for their services or products. The romanian version of the study can be found here.


Debate „TTIP: facts & fiction”

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania organizes a new debate in the framework of the Sustainable Romania project. The debate will focus on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and will have as main speaker Pia Eberhard, from Corporate Europe Observatory. The event will take place on 30th September in Bucharest and 2nd October  in Cluj Napoca.  More details about the you can find here (Bucharest event) and here (Cluj Napoca event).  


INTERNATIONAL POLICY ANALYSIS: Organising In and Along Value Chains

Transnational corporations have profited enormously from investment subsidies, tax breaks and deregulated labour markets. Today, they dominate the global economy, controlling some 80 per cent of world trade through their own operations and those of their business partners, organised in global value chains. These webs of power have fragmented the workplace and become the factories of the 21st century. More on the topic in the new FES study: http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/iez/11560.pdf


FES Perspective: Russia. Dealing with an awkward partner

The restraint and level-headed way in which the West reacted to the violation of international law by Russia in its annexation of Crimea and its behaviour in Eastern Ukraine was and still is right. From the outset the West showed a clear determination not to resort to military means but to respond only with political, diplomatic and economic measures. The full version of the study is available here: http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/id/11519.pdf


FES Perspective: Social Europe in the Crisis

In 2013, Europe’s burgeoning inequality remained at a high level. The catch-up process of the poorer countries that had been observed until 2009 was scarcely making headway any longer due to austerity policy and weak growth. Even though domestic inequality had worsened in only a few countries – including Germany – since 2012, Social Europe’s pledge of cohesion remained largely unfulfilled. Only growth based primarily on rising incomes among poorer population groups can provide sustainable prosperity for all. http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/id/ipa/11513.pdf.


FES Perspective: Youth in South East Europe

A set of representative national youth studies conducted by FES in South East Europe (SEE) between 2011 and 2015 reveals an alarming distrust of political institutions among young people and their dissatisfaction with the state of democracy. Being politically socialized in an environment of prolonged transition to democracy, youth in SEE have a conservative outlook and constitute an unwilling agent for supporting democratization. The results in the new FES Perspective: http://www.fes.de/lnk/1mn.


FES Perspective: Reassessing Neighbourhood Policy - The Eastern Dimension

In March 2015, the EU launched a review process of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). In the interest of supporting this urgently needed review, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung requested six position papers from experts in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine - the countries of the EU聮s Eastern Partnership (EaP).
Our new FES Perspective is out now: http://www.fes.de/lnk/enpreview.


Round table "What should Intelligence Services be allowed to do?  Security and Freedom in the Digital Era"

  In Romania, in Germany and in many other EU member states there is controversial debate about the relationship of freedom and security in the age of digitalization and about the role of Intelligence Services in contemporary democracies. The documents of Whistleblower Edward Snowden as well as discussions about Big Data have raised awareness for the risks to civil right in the digital era. At the same time increasing security problems and threats in the EU’s neighborhood call for a discussion about the legitimate scope and limits of intelligence services, their democratic control and parliamentary oversight.  To address these issues, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania (FES) and the European Institute of Romania (IER) have organised the round table « What should Intelligence Services be allowed to do?  Security and Freedom in the Digital Era ». The event took place on the 24th June 2015 and had the following speakers: Christian Flisek, Member of the German Bundestag, Member of the Parliamentary NSA-Inquiry
Commission, Bogdan Manolea, Executive Director, Association for Technology and Internet (ApTI), Dana Gîrbovan, Founding Member, National Union of Romania’s Judges (UNJR) and Claudiu Cr膬ciun, Lecturer, National School of Political Science and Public Administration (SNSPA).

 http://epochtimes-romania.com/video/parlamentar-spd-despre-activitatile-nsa-in-germania---769

 http://epochtimes-romania.com/video/dana-girbovan-unjr-despre-limitele-cooperarii-dintre-justitie-si-serviciile-secrete---771

 http://epochtimes-romania.com/video/bogdan-manolea-apti-despre-dezbaterile-inexistente-pe-legile-big-brother---770


Witness Interview with a Holocaust Survivor from Romania

Between 1-8 June, students from several high schools in Bucharest, Medias, Cluj-Napoca and Sighisoara had the chance to discuss with a Holocaust survivor in the framework of a project to promote an active culture of remembrance initiated by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung together with the German Embassy in Bucharest. The eyewitness, Mrs. Hanna Tidhar was born in 1936 in Romania near Vatra Dornei. She was deported in 1941 with her family to Transnistria and survived a three-year internment in a labor camp.

Both an eyewithness and a victim of the Holocaust, Hanna Tidhar shared with the students participating in the project from her personal experience during the deportation and the internment in the labor camp in Ukraine and called for reflection on the lessons drawn from her life testimony for the present time.

Such withness interviews are often run by schools in Germany to give students the unique opportunity to learn about the period of Nazi rule between 1933-1945 and to facilitate a responsible and critical debate about the past. In Romania too there is broad commitment for a responsible dealing with the past. This includes discussing about the persecution and murder of Jews in Romania in the 1930s and 1940s.


90 years Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), the oldest political foundation in Germany, celebrates the 90 years anniversary for a commitment to democracy in accordance with the values of freedom, justice and solidarity. To find out more about the history of FES and its activity throughout the world watch the presentation video: https://youtu.be/jdA3IIMl08M


Launching of the Social Monitor

It is quite well known that the unemployment in march 2015 was 5,37%, that at the end of 2014  Romania had 5.346.000 pensioners and that 68% of the Teleorman county leaves in rural area. However, all these evidences are far from covering the complexity of the Romanian social
realities, which hidden contradictions, paradoxes and sometimes counterintuitive facts. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania launches the platform www.monitorsocial.ro. To all those who are interested, the Social Monitor offers access to data and statistics from official sources, that will help the users to have fact based, well informed  opinions.


For an active culture of remebrance - Interviews with a Holocaust survivor in Romania

The German Federal Republic has been engaged for decades in a deliberate effort to confront its own history and to promote an active culture of remembrance concerning the period of Nazi rule between 1933-1945. For this reason, many schools run in Germany witness interviews with survivors of the Holocaust. These encounters with eyewitnesses give students a unique opportunity to directly participate in the personal knowledge and experience of Holocaust survivors.

In Romania, there is broad commitment for responsible dealing with the past. This includes the examination of the persecution and murder of Jews in Romania in the 1930s and 1940s. The German Embassy and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) support this commitment. Against this background, the German Embassy and the FES will organize in June 2015 a number of witness interviews with Holocaust survivors in several Romanian cities. The eyewitness, Mrs. Hanna Tidhar was born in 1936 in Romania near Vatra Dornei. She was deported in 1941 with her family to Transnistria and survived a four-year internment in a labor camp in the Ukraine. Since 1950 she is living in Israel.

The witness interviews are sheduled to take place in Bucharest (2 June), Sibiu (3 June), Medias (4 June), Cluj-Napoca (5 June) and Sighisoara (8 june).


Discrimination at workplace

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania, in partnership with the National Union of Romanian Judges and the National Council for the Fight against Discrimination are organizing on the 28-29th May 2015 the conference Discrimination at workplace. More information and the agenda of the event can be found here: pdf


Workshop “Challenges to EU’s foreign and security policy towards Eastern Europe”.

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania and Europuls Association  organize on 29th May 2015, at the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, Romania, the workshop “Challenges to EU’s foreign and security policy towards Eastern Europe”. The debate is going to address the challenges that the European Union is currently facing in its foreign and security policy approach toward Russia and the Eastern Partnership countries. The workshop is part of e the EUROSFAT 2015, the annual forum on European affairs. More information about Eurosfat 2015 you can find here:http://eurosfat.ro/
The agenda of the debate can be found here: pdf 


 Training programme Friedrich Ebert Scholarship 2015

FES Romania is happy to announce the launch of the 2015 training programme “Friedrich Ebert Scholarship for Young Social Democrats”. Twenty places are available in the programme which will include four training modules: I) Social Democratic Principles and Values, II) Social State and Social Democracy, III) Economy and Social Democracy and IV) Models of Political Communication.

Details about the structure and schedule of the programme, as well as information about the application can be found here: http://www.fes.ro/pages/bursa.php. Deadline for applications: 15 June 2015, 17:00 h (CET+1). Please send us the filled application form (available for download on the programme page) together with a CV or use the online application form: http://goo.gl/forms/1ZhL6b376k.  


Launching of the study “Youth in Romania: worries, values, attitudes and life style” in Iasi

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania is organizing on the 21st May 2015, in Iasi, starting with 16.00, the launching of the study “Youth in Romania: worries, values, attitudes and life style”. The study represents a nationally representative sociological research on the Romanian youth aged 16-29. With this study, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania is aiming to fill an information gap regarding the youth situation, by asking to the following questions: what are the what are the main preoccupations of the youth? To what extent do they differ from their parents’ generation? And if the young people are the future, what are their life chances to build the future they are dreaming of?  What is their economic situation, what kind of jobs do they get and how satisfied are they by what they get? How optimistic are they and how can they influence the future if something goes wrong? More details about the launching event you can find here.


Report - The EU and the East in 2030: Four Scenarios for Relations between the EU, the Russian Federation and the Common Neighbourhood

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania (FES) and the European Institute of Romania (IER) organized on Thursday, May 14th, in Bucharest a roundtable discussion on the future of the EU‘s Eastern Policy: "Four scenarios: EU and the East 2030. Future relations between the EU, the Russian Federation and the Eastern Partnership countries". 

The deep crisis in relations between the European Union and the Russian Federation has raised fundamental questions about the EU’s policy towards its eastern neighbours. How will relations between the EU, the Russian Federation and the Eastern Partnership Countries look like in the future? What Scenarios are plausible and likely? To find answers to these questions, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung had asked 20 experts from 12 countries to jointly develop potential trajectories for the EU and it’s eastern neigbours. The group developed four scenarios outlined in a new FES report “EU and the East in 2030”.

The report available in English: pdf en 

The report available in Romanian: pdf ro


Roundtable - Four scenarios: EU and the East 2030. Future relations between the EU, the Russian Federation and the Eastern Partnership countries

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania (FES) and the European Institute of Romania (IER) will organize on Thursday, May 14th, a roundtable discussion on the future of the EU‘s Eastern Policy: "Four scenarios: EU and the East 2030. Future relations between the EU, the Russian Federation and the Eastern Partnership countries". 

Participation is invitation based, within the limit of available places. Working languages of the roundtable will be English and Romanian, simultaneous translation will be provided.

For further information please contact Ms Florentina Costache, Head of Communication and Marketing Department, European Institute of Romania, Tel: 021 314.26.96 (97), Fax: 021 314.26.66, E-mail: florentina.costache@ier.ro.


Labour market access and quality of life

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung România  and the Institute for the Research of the Quality of Life - Romanian Academy organize on the 23rd April 2015 the debate Titlu Labour market access and quality of life. More information you can find here: Invitation.


The Russian Crisis and its Fallout

Russia is in an economic crisis. Through a combination of internal factors and external shocks, the Russian economy is heading for a deep recession. While this aspect is widely reported in the Western media, are Russia's neighbors to the west and south less in focus. Former Soviet republics are closely linked to Russia economically. Their populations are dependent on a prosperous Russian economy. How does the crisis in Russia affect these economies? And what are the consequences for the social and political stability?
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung has asked nine authors from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to analyze the consequences of the Russian crisis on their countries. Find their answer in a new FES study The Russian Crisis and its Fallout - The Impact on the Eastern Partnership States and Central Asia: http://www.fes.de/lnk/1iy


FES Study: Russia's Reindustrialisation

Russia's economy is in a deep crisis due to the combined effects of the stalled transformation into a market economy, the sanctions imposed since mid-2014 and the parallel slump in the oil price. The Russian rouble has depreciated substantially and in 2015 a harsh recession looms. The crisis has brought an old catchword back into fashion among the political elite: import substitution. Russia'聮s industry should revive its old strengths and in future itself manufacture the products that have been imported since the rapid deindustrialisation of the 1990s. The downward plunge of the rouble exchange rate, in this respect, operates like a protective tariff for Russian producers.
Our new FES Study: Oil or Cars - The Prospects of Russia's Reindustrialisation by Rudolf Traub-Merz sheds light on the prospect of Russia聮s reindustrialisation under the current crisis. The FES Study can be downloaded here http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/id-moe/11280-20150402.pdf.


Monitoring Romania’s Health Sector: newsletter ObservSanatate launched

The project ObservSanatate http://www.observsanatate.ro/ aims to closely monitor the reform process in the healthcare system, by providing the public with information in an easy to access manner. FES encourages the citizens – the taxpayers to the public healthcare system to constantly inform themselves about the way in which the system is functioning. In this way, they are able to knowingly react, when the institution responsible with the politics in that specific field proposes reform measures. The newsletter can also be downloaded from here.


Exhibition and conference in Timisoara about right-wing extremism

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania, in partenership with the Arts Museum Timi葯oara and the German Cultural Center Timisoara, has the pleasure to invite at the conference and exhibition on: „For an Active Citizenship – Against Right-wing Extremism”. The conference will take place at the Arts Museum Timisoara (Pia葲a Unirii nr. 1), on March 3rd 2015, starting with 15.30 h. The exhibition with the same topic will be available for visiting for two weeks in the ”Sala Baroc膬” of the Museum, from 3rd til 17th of March.


"Euromaidan" - One Year On: Balance Sheet on an Epochal Ukrainian Year

With regard to Ukraine, there is considerable doubt as to whether the process of internal democratisation desired and triggered by large segments of the "Euromaidan" movement is now on the right track and can no longer be rolled back. Pluralism is developing primarily through competition between regional or sectoral oligarchs. The Ukrainian economy and social structure are in shambles. The usual austerity policy strategy promoted by Western donors does not offer an adequate solution to current problems. It nevertheless continues to be propagated by Western countries and is accepted by the new Ukrainian government largely without question.
The FES Perspective can be downloaded here.


FES Publications on TTIP

The European Union and the United States face controversial debates around the planned Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Critics of the agreement see the danger that principles of democracy are violated and social and ecological standards might be lowered. These four recent FES publications in English language analyze different aspects of the TTIP-debate:

 Investment Protection at a Crossroads
Author: Pia Eberhardt
July 2014


 

 

TTIP – The Growth and Employment Engine that Couldn’t
Author: Sabine Stephan
November 2014 


 

  

 The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
Author: Markus Scheyer
November 2014


 

Modalities for investment protection and Investor-State
Dispute Settlement (ISDS) in TTIP from a trade union perspective

Author: Markus Krajewski


The Eurasian Economic Union - Analyses and Perspectives from Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia

On the 1st of January 2015, the agreement on the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) entered into force. This ushers in the next stage of the integration project of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia that was established in 2007, and which looks to the European Union as a model in many aspects. This publication brings together four perspectives from the three member states of the EEU, which together sharpen the vision on the emerging trends and contradictions in the Eurasian integration process.
After a series of unsuccessful attempts to integrate the post-soviet region under Russian leadership, the EEU represents the most serious approach to achieve this goal. However, the economic side of things is currently threatened to be swept under the wheels of a rapid expansion dominated by geopolitics. In this way, the EEU could suffer the fate of its predecessors – that to a large extent only exist on paper.

The FES study can be accessed here.


National Anti-poverty and social inclusion strategy 2014-2020

The Romanian Government  announced under public debate a new  National Poverty Reduction Strategy. Under this background, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania is organizing on the 29th January a debate with experts,  civil society and trade unions’ representatives, aiming to discuss the draft of the National Poverty Reduction Strategy. More information here.


FES/SEJ Paper - Fair Mobility in Europe

In this new FES/SEJ paper, former EU Commissioner László Andor examines the discussion about mobility within the European Union with a specific focus on the United Kingdom. Responding to a tone of debate that he considers “distorted and unfair”, Andor proposes several ways in which migration could be managed better without the need for treaty change to “cap” numbers. To read or download the paper, please click here.


The EU and the East in 2030 – Four Scenarios for Relations between the EU, the Russian Federation, and the Common Neighbourhood

What will the European Home look like by the year 2030? The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung has invited 20 experts from all over Europe to jointly develop four scenarios for relations between the EU, the Russian Federation, and their Common Neighbourhood in 2030 over the summer of 2014. The scenarios do not attempt to predict the future, but offer different visions of possible and plausible futures. They can be helpful in enabling decision-makers and stakeholders to adapt their strategies in order to achieve or avoid a certain scenario.
The Scenarios are available for download at http://www.fes.de/lnk/eueast2030


FES Romania study Youth in Romania: worries, values, attitudes and life style

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung România launched the study Youth in Romania: worries, values, attitudes and life style. The study represents a nationally representative sociological research on the Romanian youth aged 16-29. The English version of the study can be found under the section Publications of our website: http://www.fes.ro/media/2014_news/Report-FES-Romanian_Youth.pdf


FES Romania Twitter Account

From now one you can follow our activity also on Twitter at @FESRomania


Launching of the study Youth in Romania: worries, values, attitudes and life style.

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania is organizing on the 12th December 2014, starting with 16.00, the launching of the study Youth in Romania: worries, values, attitudes and life style. The study represents a nationally representative sociological research on the Romanian youth aged 16-29. With this study, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania is aiming to fill an information gap regarding the youth situation, by asking to the following questions: what are the what are the main preoccupations of the youth? To what extent do they differ from their parents’ generation? And if the young people are the future, what are their life chances to build the future they are dreaming of?  What is their economic situation, what kind of jobs do they get and how satisfied are they by what they get? How optimistic are they and how can they influence the future if something goes wrong? More details about the launching event you can
find here


Public launching of the multimedia project Ageing in Romania

Romania is ageing. There is a lot of discussion about this, but very few information. How does the ageing process look like?  How does the life of the elderly looks like? How does a single pensioner manage in the rural area? How is life in a retirement home? How do the pensioners fill their daily schedule? What kind of jobs are available on the labor market for elderly? Friedrich-Ebert-Romania is trying to answer to some these question through the multimedia project Ageing in Romania, the results of which can be found here:www.romaniaimbatraneste.ro


National symposion on domestic violence, Ia葯i, 22 November 2014

FES Romania joined in the organization of the third edition of the national symposium on ”Domestic Violence Can Strike Us All!”, in Ia葯i, on 22 November 2014. The event is organized each year by the social democratic women of the Iasi county and gathers academics, experts and practitioners to discuss about how to raise the awareness about the phenomenon of violence against women in Romania and how to improve the efficiency and the effectiveness of the practical measures applied in the present to fight against this phenomenon.


Ageing in Romania – public launching of the projec

The 2011 population census shows that the elderly represent 16, 1% from the overall population. According to many estimations, the share of the old persons will increase significantly by 2050. What are the challenges that the elderly face in Romania? We invite you to the launching of the project Ageing in Romania, in the framework of which we did 21 individual portraits of the Romanian elderly, which tell us their story. For more information, click here.


UNI SCORE Romania Organizers’ Forum  Bucharest

Following the success of UNI’s previous European Organizers’ Forums, Friedrich Ebert Romania and UNI Global  are organizing on the November 14th 2014  the “UNI SCORE Romania Organizers’ Forum  Bucharest” , which specifically focuses on organizing workers in Romania. UNI Global Union is supporting organizing work with several unions in Romania in Finance, Telecom and IT, Commerce (retail), and potentially in Post & Logistics (in private sector logistics). This is under a backdrop of significant changes to the Labor Laws in Romania, which has made a big difference to the way unions organize, gain recognition and undertake collective bargaining. The Forum will build on the experience that UNI has gained from other countries in organizing planning and campaigning techniques to help develop strategic thinking on how to deal with the new laws and also a changed attitude on the part of the many companies now operating in Romania, mostly multinational companies whose management develop strategies and
corporate planning from outside of the country.


Green Capitalism or Social-Ecological Transformation? How to Implement New Modes of Production and Living

The current multiple crisis in Europe causes intense debates about strategies how to overcome it. Beside the neoliberal business-as-usual politics of austerity (and increasingly an authoritarian version of neoliberalism), two progressive projects emerge: The strategy towards a Green Economy – very prominent since the Rio+20 Conference in June 2012 - and strategies of a more comprehensive Social-Ecological Transformation. Both insist on the need to overcome not only the financial and economic crisis but also its ecological dimensions. Ulrich Brand is going to introduce the two strategies and discusses them. http://www.fes.ro/sustenabilitate/pages/en/upcoming-lectures/bucharest-event-green-capitalism-or-social-ecological-transformation.php


Deutsche Telekom CEE Union Alliance meeting in Bucharest

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and UNI ICTS Global Union are organizing the Deutsche Telekom CEE Union Alliance meeting, which is hold in Bucharest, 30-31st October 2014. The purpose of the DT CEE Union Alliance is to bring together a united approach to ensuring respect for workers’ rights and the development of productive social dialogue with Telekom.


Inauguration exhibition against right-wing extremism in Satu Mare

On Monday, October 27th 2014, at the Great Sinagogue in Satu Mare was opened to the public the exhibition ”For an Active Democracy - Against Right-Wing Extremism!”. This is already the fourth station of the itinerary exhibition this year. The inauguration in Satu Mare was organised together with the Jewish Community Satu Mare and the county organisation of the Democratic Forum of the Germans in Romania. The exhibition presents, in an inciting graphic manner, which ideas right-wing extremist conceptions and behaviour are based on, how right-wing extremism manifests itself in Romania, the strategies it employs to penetrate the youth culture and how can this dangerous phenomenon be best counteracted. The exhibition is available for visiting until the 8th of November. 


Simulation Game: local politics - Training of trainers and local event

Between the 13-18 October the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania organized in Mioveni a Training of Trainers for the political education project for young people "Simulation Game: local politics" followed by a local seminar.
A simulation game is a tool used in civic education and is based on the concept of simulating, as realistically as possible, the work of a real-life political institution. The simulation game elaborated by FES is concerned with the political process within municipalities and was designed to interest young people from the age of 14 on becoming local councillors for a day.
The project aims to fight against young people’s lack of interest in politics and support them in becoming active and responsible citizens, as contributors to a democratic decision-making process. For further details about the project visit the link: http://www.fes.ro/pages/joc-de-strategie-politica-locala.php


Sustainable Romania - Shale gas in USA: risks, economical bubbles and lessons for Romania

On the 9th of October took place in Bucharest the first debate of the Sustainable Romania series initiated by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. The lecture was opened by Deborah Rogers, US shale gas expert and founder of the Energy Policy Forum. Her presentation can be downloaded from here. As panelist discussants attended the event as well Andreea Paul, deputy and prime-vicepresident of PDL, Gabriela Cre葲u, PSD senator and Nicu葯or Dan from the Asocia葲ia Salva葲i Bucure葯tiul. The discussions were moderate by Victoria Stoiciu from FES Romania. The full recorded event can be watched following the link: https://www.privesc.eu/Arhiva/50664/Dezbaterea-cu-tema--Gazele-de-sist-in-SUA--riscuri--bule-speculative-si-lectii-pentru-Romania-


Starting with this fall, FES Romania, together with other friend organizations, is launching the project Sustainable Romania. The friends of the project sustainable Romania are: Active Watch, Mai Mult Verde, Mining Watch România, WWF, SAR, CRIES and  Asocia葲ia Salva葲i Bucure葯tiul (more information you can find here http://www.fes.ro/sustenabilitate/pages/en/about-fes-sustainability.php). The aim of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Lecture Series "Sustainable Romania" to explore pathways for a future development model in Romania and Europe that is ecologically sustainable, socially inclusive, just, low carbon and nationally appropriate. On the 9th of October 2014, at 17.00, we are organizing the first debate “Shale gas in USA: risks, economical bubbles and lessons for Romania”, that will have as the main speaker Deborah Rogers, founding member of the Energy Policy Forum (more information here  http://www.fes.ro/sustenabilitate/pages/en/upcoming-lectures/event-in-bucharest.php). 


Third Module "Friedrich-Ebert-Scholarship Programme", Sibiu, 5-7 September 2014

The scholarship programme for young social democrats from trade unions, civil society organisations and politics carried on the series with a third module on economic policy and social democracy. The overarching objective of this module is to improve understanding of economic phenomena and to offer basic competences in economic policy design in order to away with the knowledge monopole the neoliberal school is enjoying in Romania and elsewhere. There isn't greater misconception among politicians than that there is no alternative to the current economic system. Our module critically addresses this assumption and shows alternative ways to shape the economy in a juster and more sustainable manner.


Second Module "Friedrich-Ebert-Scholarship Programme", Sighisoara, 29-31 August 2014

The second module of the training programme "Friedrich-Ebert-Scholarship for Young Social Democrats" took place at the end of August in Sighisoara, Mures County. The subject of civic freedoms and liberties, which lay the foundation for the social state, the challenge of diversity in modern societies and the mechanics of discrimination were among the topics discussed. The resurgence of right-wing extremism and its dangers to democratic culture were also debated - with the help of the FES/INSHR-EW exhibition: "Against Right-Wing Extremism - For an active democracy!". More details about the exhibition can be found at: http://nu-extremismului-de-dreapta.ro


FES study - Investment Protection at a Crossroads

With the debate surrounding the transatlantic trade agreement TTIP, the controversy over global investment law has well and truly arrived in Europe. Unilateral investor rights meet with massive public criticism. Frequent points of criticism are the danger for public finances by obscene compensation claims, the circumventing of the ordinary jurisdiction and the intervention in the legislative sovereignty of democratic states. The study can be download from here.


First module of the Friedrich-Ebert-Scholarship Programme

The first module of the training programme "Friedrich-Ebert-Scholarship for Young Social Democrats" took place on July 4-6 in Sinaia. Twenty young people from NGOs, political parties and trade unions joined a critical discussion about the foundations of Social Democracy, about the challenges of the present and the issues of special interest for the European and national social democrats.


Regional conference  "Health Care in South-East Europe: Situation and Challenges"

On June 23rd/24th 2014 in Bucharest the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania together with the Regional Project of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung for Labour Relations and Social Dialogue in South East Europe based in Belgrade organized the conference “Health Care in South-East Europe: Situation and Challenges”. The conference brought together Deputy Ministers and Senior Representatives of Health Ministries from nine countries of South East Europe, as well as health researchers, journalists and Trade Unions from the health sector. During the event, we launched the comprehensive study “Performance of Public Health care Systems in South-East Europe.”, coordinated by Ms. Manuela St膬nculescu, that can be accesed from here.


Training course "Organizing and mobilizing of trade unions"

On June 21 to 22 the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania together with the Trade Union Federation from the commerce sector have organized the training entitled "Organizing and mobilizing of trade unions", which was conducted by Ms. Lisa Eldret from the UNI Global Union Alliance. The training had the focus on problems encountered specifically to the TU organizations from the commerce sector, on the need for organization and mobilization inside this TU, as well as on how to build a trade union strategy in order to achieve the set objectives, but at the same time to strengthen the union.


Launching of the MiningWatch reports

On the 21/22 of June Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania and MiningWatch Romania have organized in Rosia Montana the launching event of three reports that present in detail the state in which the mining projects from Romania find themselves, by analyzing the mining accidents that occurred, following the situation of the already closed mining exploitations and taking a look at the stage in which several approvals of new silver-gold mining exploitation are to be found at the moment. Two of the reports describe the projects in Baia Mare and Certej, whereas the third is presenting on overview of the mining situation in Transylvania. The reports can be read here.


INVITATION: Come to Coliberator 2014!

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania is partner of the second edition of the national conference which is organized annually by Funda葲ia Ceata in Bucharest, featuring four categories of presentation topics: Free Software, Free Culture, Security and Privacy, respectively Free Data. Coliberator is a Romanian celebration of digital freedom which presents the public both successful Free (as in freedom) projects and newly liberated projects. 

We believe that privacy, equal access to information, transparency and informational self-determination of citizens are fundamental to democratic societies. These principles need to be ensured and enforced both in the digital sphere and the real world. FES supports the Coliberator 2014 since it provides a platform for critical debates and for challenging conventional wisdoms on the digitalization of our societies.

In order to see who the speakers are, how the program looks like and to register as a participant: http://coliberator.ceata.org/

Date: BUCHAREST, 7-8 June 2014
Location: Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, on Splaiul Independentei nr. 204 (near Groz膬ve葯ti).
Organizer: Funda葲ia Ceata
Partners: Centrul de Cercetare în Etic膬 Aplicat膬, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung România, The Sponge Media Innovation Lab, Knight-Mozilla OpenNews, Coali葲ia pentru Date Deschise


FES Panel Discussion: "Europe has voted!", May 27th, 2014

Due to the multitude of challenges that the European Union (EU) faces, the results of the European elections on May 25th are being watched closely across Europe and beyond. Who will decide the seemingly tight race between the main political blocks S&D and EPP? Will far-right parties secure enough seats to form a new EP parliamentary group and what impact on European politics will a stronger Eurosceptic camp have? What are the main political challenges for the new European Parliament and what are the respective expectations of Romania and other EU Member states? To address these and other questions, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in Romania would like to kindly invite you to the Panel Discussion: "Europe has voted!", Bucharest, Hotel Intercontinental, May 27th, 2014. Details about the event are available here: Panel Discussion Program


The performance of public health-care systems in South-East Europe : a comparative qualitative study


This publication analyzes the performance of the public health-care systems in eight countries of South-East Europe, focusing on the needs of patients in relation to five health problems: myocardial infarction, stroke, cancer, injuries and diabetes (type 2). The aim of the study is to provide qualitative insights about the expected versus the actual performance of the public health-care systems and to indicate which are the major areas that require intervention and development at both national and European levels. This empirical comparative study relies on qualitative research techniques and gathers the perspective of 1,438 individual witnesses and knowledgeable observers. The study can be read here.


Right wing populism is on the rise in Europe

Right wing populism is on the rise in Europe. To fight populism successfully, established political parties, especially on the centre left, will have to look for new approaches. This volume gathers short papers from France, the UK, the Netherlands, and Germany. The authors discuss how to best confront and contain right wing populism. The study is available here.


Call for Conference – Beyond Neoliberalism

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Atelierul de Critica Sociala of the Faculty of European Studies of Babe艧-Bolyai University from Cluj-Napoca organize the conference  “Beyond neoliberalism – ideas for a new development pathway in Romania”.  Conference will be held in Cluj-Napoca on October 4th, 2014. More information, you can find here.


Opening of the exhibition "For an active democracy - against right-wing extremism!"

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania (FES) and the National Institute for the Study of Holocaust in Romania - “Elie Wiesel”, together with the Faculty of History from the University of Bucharest, are glad to invite you to the opening of the exhibition: “Pentru o democra葲ie activ膬 – împotriva extremismului de dreapta!”.

The opening will take place Wednesday, May 14th, at 16:00h in Holul de Marmur膬 of the Faculty of History in the presence of representatives from the diplomatic community, civil society and mass-media.

Universities and schools in Romania will be able to display the exhibition after the launching event. General information about the exhibition is available at: http://www.nu-extremismului-de-dreapta.ro/ 


Right-Wing Extremism online in Romania

A monitoring report on the online activities of the extreme right in Romania dealing with the ideas they spread, the identity they try to build for themselves and the strategies they use - a cooperation project by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania and the National Institute for the Study of Holocaust in Romania ”Elie Wiesel”: www.nu-extremismului-de-dreapta.ro/images/documents/brosura%20-%20Extremismul_web.pdf


Study "Crisis, austerity and cohesion"

The high income inequality in Europe, which for a long time had been decreasing, experienced a remarkable comeback during the crisis: missing catch-up growth in poorer member states and risen inequality within the states lead to a stagnation in the former decreasing trend. Heading back towards more convergence is only possible if poorer member states return to growth and the euro-crisis countries manage to escape the austerity trap. The study is available under the following link: http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/id/ipa/10672.pdf


Launching of the ”Friedrich-Ebert-Scholarship Program” 2014

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania is pleased to announce the launching of the 2014 edition of the ”Friedrich-Ebert-Scholarship Program for young social democrats”. The deadline for applications is May 30th, 17:00 hours. Detailed information about the program, as well as the application forms can be found at: http://www.fes.ro/pages/bursa.php


Roundtable “How to defend the democracy and the rule of law: what instruments at the European level”

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung România, Rule of Law Program South East Europe of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and Europuls Association are organising the debate “How to defend the democracy and the rule of law: what instruments at the European level”. For more details click here.


Press conference and launching of the guide „You are informed, you are protected!”
 

On the 19th February 2014, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and DGB (German Trade Union Federation) have launched the guide „You are informed, you are protected!” The guide is addressed to the Romanian citizens that intend to work in Germany and provides them with the information that will help them to get a decent job in equitable conditions. The event was organized in partnership with the German Embassy in Bucharest and the Minister of Labor, Family, Social protection and Old Persons. The program of the event and the guide can be found here and here


Relaunching Europe - Bucharest Conference

Relaunching Europe is back on the road for another lively debate on the future of Europe. The Bucharest conference will discuss integration and equal opportunities for all citizens in Romania and around Europe. For details and registration: www.relaunchingeurope.eu/bucharest


Press conference The rights of the Romanian workers in Germany.  

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania, The German Embassy in Bucharest, The Ministry of Lanor, Family, Social Protection and Old Persons is organizing the conference „The rights of the Romanian workers in Germany” on the 19th February, 09.30-11.00 am, Hotel Intercontinental, Opera Hall, Bucharest. More details you can find here


Annual review of labour relations and social dialogue in South East Europe: Romania : 

2013 / by Stefania Barbuceanu. - Belgrad: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Labour Relations and Social Dialogue in South East Europe, 2014. here


The Romanian language version of the study The myth of „social tourism”

The publication "The myth of „social tourism”: immigration of Romanian citizens to Germany and other EU member states" launched by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is now available in Romanian language as well. The electronic version of this study can be downloaded from here.


Study The myth of „social tourism”: immigration of Romanian citizens to Germany and other EU member states

For months an intensive debate on Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants is taking place in Germany. Through this some actors are trying to use the problems of communities and migrants for short-term political gains. A more sophisticated debate is urgently needed. Against this background, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung launched the paper "The myth of „social tourism”: immigration of Romanian citizens to Germany and other EU member states". In this report FES outlines the key characteristics of the Romanian migration to Germany and other EU countries. The study shows that most Romanian citizens in Germany are qualified and are well integrated into the labor market. 
You can find the German language version of the publication here.


Roundtable: What does and what should Europe expect from a new German Government?

Social Romania Social EuropeOne day after Angela Merkel was re-elected as German Chancellor, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) organized the Roundtable discussion  “What does and what should Europe expect from a new German Government?” in Bucharest. The discussion was attended by 50 participants from Romanian Ministries, the Parliament, Think Tanks, NGOs and from the Diplomatic Corps. Speakers included Olaf Böhnke (European Council on Foreign Relations), Dr. Ernst Hillebrand (Department for International Policy Analysis, FES Berlin), Dr. Leonard Orban (former EU-Commissioner), Mircea Geoana (Senator, former Minister of Foreign Affairs), Prof. Dr. Daniel D膬ianu (Professor of Public Finance and European Studies, SNSPA, former Minister of Finance) and the German Ambassador to Romania, Werner Hans Lauk. The topics discussed included the Economic Crisis Management in the EU, Enlargement and Eastern Partnership as well as the future institutional architecture of the European Union. Here are the agenda and some photos of the event.


FES Alumni Conference 2013

Social Romania Social EuropeOn 22-24 November FES Romania organised the annual Alumni gathering. This year's main topic was "Social Romania, Social Europe". Over 70 young social democrats from all over Romania and the Republic of Moldova attended the three day long conference, engaging in panel discussions and workshops that dealt with a broad range of issues ranging from democratic backsliding in Europe, the challenges for the European Elections 2014 to mechanisms of social exclusion and inclusion, and measures of strengthening democracy and social cohesion.

The FES Alumni Conferences are a format aiming at bringing together former trainees and current partners of FES Romania to discuss important topics on the political agenda in Romania and Europe.          


Launch of the Report "Backsliders: Measuring Democracy in the EU” in Romania

„Democracy in Europe can no longer be taken for granted...”  This is one of the conclusions of an in-depth report on European democracy, conducted by the UK think-tank Demos with support of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament. The Report was launched in Bucharest on November 22nd in the presence of one of the autors, Jonathan Birdwell, UK, and with comments by the Romanian-Hungarian philosopher Gáspár Miklós Tamás, by Members of the European Parliament of S&D Group and by other experts.

Democracy in Europe can no longer be taken for grantedThe report „Backsliders: Measuring Democracy in the EU” reveals that many European Union Member States are suffering a sharp decline of democracy, with some countries struggling to uphold the principles that once gained them entry. The study also explores the situation in Romania and all EU members of the region as well as their scores in different categories of democracy. The electronic version of the report can be downloaded from here: http://www.demos.co.uk/publications/backsliders


Health care newsletter „ObservSanatate”, issue no. 5

Friedrich-Ebert–Stiftung and the Institute for Public Policies have launched the fourth issue of the newsletter ObservSanatate. In this issue, you can find information and data about the perceptions and attitudes of the Romanians  regarding the heath care issues, but also about the health care of the vulnerable groups and Roma population. More information you can find here.


German-Romanian Roundtable Talks on Europe

On November 5th, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania (FES), the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) and the European Institute of Romania (IER) organised together the first meeting of the German-Romanian Roundtable Talks on Europe: "Navigating the EU Through Difficult Waters. German and Romanian Perspectives". The roundtable brought together Romanian and German representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and experts on European Affairs. The event dealt with issues such as the prospects of European Integration in the context of the current economic crisis, the future of the Eastern Partnership, as well as European energy policy.


Health care newsletter „ObservSanatate”, issue no. 4

Friedrich-Ebert–Stiftung and the Institute for Public Policies have launched the fourth issue of the newsletter ObservSanatate. In this issue, you can read about the recently announced minimum package of health care services, about the Directive 2011/24/EU of the European Parliament regarding the patients’’ rights in cross border health care, as well as about the last legislative evolutions in the medical sector. More information you can find here.


ipg-journal, new online-portal for progressive debates in German language

With ipg-journal, FES Berlin has launched a new online-portal for progressive debates in German language. The topics covered include foreign- and security policies, European Integration, Global Environmental Challenges as well as Economic and Social Policies. Please visit http://www.ipg-journal.de/
 


International conference: Right-wing extremism in Romania and Europe. Trends, structures, counter strategies

Internatonal conference pn right-wing extremism, Bucharest, 10.10.2013The right-wing extremism is spreading once more across Europe. Old right-wing extremist organisations are resurfacing and new ones are created from the ground up to challenge yet again the democratic order of our societies, answering - as in the not so distant past - with intolerance, prejudice and violence to the uncertainties and fears prompted by the current economic and financial crisis.    

Against this background the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania, together with the National Institute for the Study of Holocaust in Romania-Elie Wiesel (INSHR-EW) and the National School of Political Science and Administration (SNSPA), held an international conference on right-wing extremism on Thursday, October 10, 2013. Scholars and practitioners from Germany, United kingdom, Hungary and Romania discussed about the trends and structures of the extreme right in Europe and Romania, underlined the political challenges the right-wing extremism poses to the European democracies, and devised strategies to fight against this phenomenon nationally and at the European level.


The fourth module of the training program "Friedrich-Ebert-Scholarship"

The fourth and final module of the training program "Friedrich-Ebert-Scholarship for Young Social Democrats" took place in Sibiu between 19-22 September 2013. This seminar was devoted to different models of political communication and political organization that make possible practical scopes of action to fostering an inclusive Social Democracy. There is no politics without communication. This insight is true because comunication is not only a vehicle to mobilize and solidarize the society for a common purpose, it is, at the same time, a means to exercize democratic control and to evaluate how elected officials perform.


Health care newsletter "ObservSanatate", issue no. 3

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Institute for Public Policies have launched the third issue of the health care newsletter ObservSanatate. In this issue you can read about the trade union organisations’ approach with regard to the health care reform, the pilot project for increasing the doctors’ revenues and the last evolutions in the legislative field. More information you can find here.


Newsletter ObservSanatate

Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the Institute for Public Policy have launched a monthly newsletter that monitors the evolutions and analises the policies and problems of the Romanian health care system: ObservSanatate. The first two issues of the newsletter can be found here and here.


Study FES Perspective 'Austerity and Income Distribution in Europe'

The FES International Policy Analysis has released a new publication on the topic: "Austerity and Income Distribution in Europe".

Inequality, which is always underestimated by the EU and Eurostat, fell in Europe in 2011. Thus a long-term trend towards more cohesion was resumed after a brief hiatus in 2010. This is perhaps surprising given the implementation of austerity policies. In fact, national inequality also increased on average compared to 2010. Evidently, however, nominal growth rates in poorer countries in 2011 were higher than in the richer member states, which led to a slight reduction in inequality between states.

The study is can be downloaded from: http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/id/ipa/10160.pdf


Conclusions of the conference on regionalization, Ia艧i, 29-31 May 2013

Where should the debate on regionalisation start? According to the participants at the conference organized by the Center of Communist and Post-Communist Studies Iasi with the support of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in May 2013, the starting point should be a clear definition of the objectives regionalisation should pursue: making the administration more efficient and the interaction between citizens and the central, intermediary and local burocratic apparatus simpler and friendlier, raising the administrative capacity of the local communities, a sustained and balanced economic development of all administrative units, including through a better access to EU-funds and a non-discretionary distribution of resources from the central budget, and, finally, conserving and putting to good use the regional and local cultural particularities.

The conclusions of the conference can be found here.


Conference: "A different model of economic and social development in Romania"

On Thursday June 27, the Institute for Social Progress organized in Bucharest the conference "A different model of economic and social development in Romania" with the support of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania. The event was recorded on tape and can be viewed here.


Policy brief “Why and how to change our electoral

The Romanian Academic Society has launched, with the support of Friedrich Ebert Foundation,  a new policy report - “Why and how to change our electoral system”. The uninominal circumscription, introduced by law 35/2008 had a significant effect on the political corruption, but in a different sense than it was expected. The number of candidates with integrity problems has increased from 143 in 2004 to 466 in 2012. In these conditions, the electoral system requires another reform, that would reduce the political corruption and increase the performance of the Parliament. The Romanian version of the report can be downloaded here.


"Which Way Goes Romanian Capitalism?"

The study “Which Way Goes Romanian Capitalism?” examines the Romanian economy and its version of capitalism from a long-term perspective and in a broad context. The authors focus on the economic perspectives faced by Romania in the context of its backwardness-dominated legacy. Another area of interest is the endurance of domestic weakness, in the context of the Great Recession and the euro-zone crisis. The paper also analyses the subject of Romanian capitalism from the European framework perspective. The full version is available here.


Debate: Which Way Goes Romanian Capitalism? The Economic Growth Model post 1989.
 

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in Romania and the EC Representation in Romania have the pleasure to invite you to the roundtable entitled Which Way Goes Romanian Capitalism? The Economic Growth Model post 1989. The debate is organised on the occasion of the release of the study “Which Way Goes Romanian Capitalism?” conducted by Daniel Daianu and Bogdan Murgescu, under the coordination of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. More information, here.


International conference "Regionalism and regionalization in Romania. Historical interpretations and contemporary challenges"

Between 29 – 31 June 2013 in Ia艧i participants from Romania, Republic of Moldova, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherland/Great Britain, Poland, Ukraine/ Bulgaria took part in the international conference Regionalism and regionalization in Romania. Historical interpretations and contemporary challenges. The event was organized by the Center of Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Romanian Historical Studies Society in partnership with the Institute of History “A. D. Xenopol” Ia艧i, the Faculty of History at the University “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” Ia艧i, German Cultural Centre Ia艧i, German Academic Exchange Service Bucharest, DAAD Alumni Club Ia艧i with the support of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania. Representatives of the academic community, experts and opinion makers from different fields such as history, geography, philology, economics or political science discussed the challenges of regionalization based on scientific arguments in the attempt to contribute to an academic point of view in the Romanian public debate on the subject.


Friedrich Ebert Scholarship Program - first training stage

The first training module of the Friedrich Ebert Scholarship Program for young social democrats took place in Sibiu between 17 - 19 May 2013. This first stage dealt with the foundations of social democracy. The program will continue, in the following months, with two more modules on the building materials and tools of the welfare state, civil rights and freedoms (second module), and the relationship between the state and the market (third module), and will end in September 2013 with a fourth module on political communication, adressing topics such as message identity in the political praxis. For further details:http http://www.fes.ro/pages/bursa.php


Call for selection of authors/experts

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the European Institute from Romania launches the call for application for authors/experts for the elaboration of a new study, named “Romania’s negotiation margin in the process of implementation of the IMF agreement and the commitments assumed through the programs of financial assistance with EU and WB (2009-2013). Lessons for the future”. For more information, click here: www.fes.ro/pages/fes_ier.php


International conference in Berlin:
„Russia and East Central Europe: A Fresh Start”

The proceedings of the international conference „Russia and East Central Europe: A Fresh Start” hosted by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung on 12 March 2013 in Berlin can be followed on our Youtube-channel here: http://youtu.be/epoiPzDpJrE

The study launched at the conference is also available for download: http://www.fes.de/cgi-bin/gbv.cgi?id=09717&ty=pdf


Conference “Media pluralism: European Union and Romania”.

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is organizing the conference “Media pluralism: European Union and Romania”, on the 15th April,  from 5 to 7 pm. Speakers: Herta Däubler-Gmelin, former Ministry of Justice, Germany and Mircea Toma, ActiveWatch. For more information, click here


Debate about the constitutional reform

Friedrich Ebert Foundation Romania and the Constitutional Forum organize the debate “Constitutional Reform: Role and Duties of the Constitutional Court of Romania”,  on the 15th April 2013, 10:00 – 13:00 hours, Senate of Romania, Avram Iancu Hall.
For more information: www.fes.ro/media/pdf/constitutional_reform.pdf


Call for participants - Friedrich Ebert Scholarship Program 2013

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania is proud to announce the launch of the 2013 Friedrich Ebert Scholarship Program for Romanian participants. Details about the structure of the training program, the content of the modules, calendar and location can be found here: http://www.fes.ro/pages/bursa.php. Deadline for applications: 5 Mai 2013.


International conference in Berlin:
„Russia and East Central Europe: A Fresh Start”

The proceedings of the international conference „Russia and East Central Europe: A Fresh Start” hosted by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung on 12 March 2013 in Berlin can be followed on our Youtube-channel here: http://youtu.be/epoiPzDpJrE

The study launched at the conference is also available for download: http://www.fes.de/cgi-bin/gbv.cgi?id=09717&ty=pdf


Conference about the health care system

Friedrich Ebert Foundation Romania, together with Europuls, organizes on the 15th march 2013 the panel “The reform of the health care system in the  framework of the European legislation”. More information find here


Conference Livestream - March 12, 2003, 19:00 hours

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Berlin will broadcast live on internet the conference “Russia and East Central Europe: A Fresh Start”, that will take place at its Berlin Headquarters on March 12, 2013, at 19:00 (Bucharest Time). The conference is the concluding step of a two-year long process started in 2011 to assess the nature of the relations between Russia and East Central European (ECE) nations in the last 20 years and to look ahead at what can and shoud be done to revitalize this neighbourhood. The working group involved experts from the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Romania and Russia and put its findings in a policy paper that will be presented at the conference.

The working languages of the conferences will be German and English. The program can be found here.You are kindly invited to follow the proceedings live and comment on them at http://fes.talk42.de


FES and SAR have organized the debate “How to understand the electoral reform”

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Romanian Academic Society have organized on the 27th of February 2013 the roundtable “How to understand the electoral reform”. The debate was attended by the Romanian Prim-Minister Victor Ponta, representative of political parties and non-governmental organizations. click here


 Roundtable „How to understand the electoral reform"

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania and the Romanian Academic Society organize on the 27th February 2013 the debate „How to understand the electoral reform”. The event will bring together representatives from various political parties in order to discuss the electoral reform intended for 2013. The event will be attended by the Romanian Prime-Minister Victor Ponta. More information about the program, you can find here:Program PDF


Social dialogue in Romania

FES has published the “Annual review 2012 on labour relations and social dialogue in South East Europe: Romania”. The document assesses the state of social dialogue and labour relations in Romania. It provides a comprehensive overview on the economic development in the country as well as legislative changes regarding labour market and industrial relations:
http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/bueros/belgrad/09646.pdf


 The austerity measures and the euro crisis

The harsh austerity measures that, according to official policy, are supposed to overcome the euro crisis have once again plunged Europe into recession in 2012. Austerity policy has proved to be primarily an attack on wages, social services and public ownership. These and other issues are explored in the new FES policy paper “Euro Crisis, Austerity Policy and the European Social Model”:
http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/id/ipa/09656.pdf


CriticAtac Anthology 2012

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania has supported the publishing of the CriticAtac Antology  2012. The book  is a selection of the most important texts published during the last year on the on-line platform www.criticatac.ro. It aims to offer a  perspective on the main moments and cleavage lines that have characterized the recent period, bringing in attention the most important debates and interventions from the last year. 


 Populism in the electoral campaign

The political conflicts that preceded the campaign for parliamentary elections of December 2012 didn’t lead to a radicalization of a nationalist-populist nature, although the competitors’ messages remained through their superficiality and lack of consistency at a level characteristic for electoral populism. These conclusions arise from a research conducted on 9 November – 7 December 2012 by the "Elie Wiesel" National Institute for the Study of Holocaust in Romania in cooperation with ActiveWatch – Media Monitoring Agency, with the financial support of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania. The media monitoring report and the final study are both available in Romanian here. 


Future Scenarios of a Better Society?

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung published the study Future Scenarios of a Better Society? Political Visions and Key Programmatic Ideas of European Social Democracy by Felix Butzlaff and Matthias Micus. The authors analyzed for nine European countries the way in which social democracy based on future images of a better society could give “answers in these changing times” and what these answers are.


The impact of the economic crisis on the Romanian labor migration

The impact of the economic crisis on the Romanian labor migration is a sociological research about the impact of the recent economical downturn on the Romanian labor migration in western EU countries mostly Italy and Spain. The study analyzes the effects of the crisis on the Romanian migrants working abroad and on their families left in Romania. It brings a set of data regarding the consequences which the crisis had on the return migration, offering some indicators about the amplitude of this phenomenon and the factors that trigger it.


Ro艧ia Montan膬 – Town at a brink

After the screening of the documentary by the German film director Fabian Daub, "Ro艧ia Montan膬 – Town at a brink" on the 1.12 in Bucharest and on the 4.12 in Cluj-Napoca FES initiated a discussion moderated by Mihai Go牛iu on the citizen initiative in Rosia Montana. Representatives of the Save Rosia Montana Campaign, ARA Association and other persons involved in one of the largest initiative of the Romanian civil society took part in the debate.


Choose Consciously – Parliamentary Elections

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Asocia牛ia ProDemocra牛ia implemented between October and December 2012 the project "Choose Consciously – Parliamentary Elections" with the aim to rise the knowledge and awareness of citizens regarding the electoral process. The project included electoral education seminars on the role of the Parliament, the organization of local public electoral debates with citizens and candidates and the publication of a Voters Guide for citizens.


Economic growth and generating places of employment:
Romanian parties solutions

On the 29.11 FES and Romanian Academic Society (SAR) organized the debate "Economic growth and generating places of employment: Romanian parties solutions". Candidates from all parties and electoral alliances for the parliamentary elections analyzed the proposed political programs.


Social Democracy in Romania: Challenges to Programs and Actors

Picture of Matthias JobeliusThe annual Alumni gathering of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation Romania took place this year in Bucharest between 2-4 November. This year’s focus was: "Social Democracy in Romania. Challenges to Programs and Actors". Sixty participants from Romania and the Republic of Moldova interacted in plenary sessions and workshops with distinguished keynote speakers from the academia and the civil society on questions of social inclusion, labor market and labor relations, economic and environmental policies, and issues of gender equality and responsible collective memory.


Forum of alternative and critical online platforms in Central and Eastern Europe

FES Romania in partnership with CriticAtac organized between 26-28.10 the first Forum of alternative and critical online platforms in Central and Eastern Europe. Participants from Romania, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Latvia, Slovakia, Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova took part at the Regional Forum for mutual exchange and common actions.