Social protection instruments are essential so that ‘a dignified standard of living can be guaranteed to all citizens’. Part of the purpose of government is to ensure these and the obligation bears on the EU itself, not only on Member States.
The proportion of over-60s in the EU is growing by about two million people annually. Higher life expectancy, combined with the changeover of the baby boom generation from work to retirement, will have far-reaching economic and budgetary consequences in the EU.
In February 2012, COMECE and other Christian organisations published their Comments on the European Commission´s Green Paper on the right of family reunification of third-country nationals living in the European Union.
The European Commission has launched an ambitious proposal to assign 20% of the next budget period 2014 to 2020 to climate-related issues. In doing so the Commission is giving financial weight to the '2020 Strategy'.
On 29 January 2012 in Vienna, social pioneer and politician Hildegard Burjan was beatified in a solemn yet simple ceremony. Outside Austria, the name of Hildegard Burjan is little known – but her life and work deserve to be recognised throughout Europe.
This crisis goes back a long way, and if we blame ourselves for anything, it could be for not noticing it early enough and not exposing the destructive elements which have found their way into what in those days we still called our community.