Welcome to the FES Office Romania
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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