Archive | April, 2012

Hot topic : studying social services at EU level

30 Apr

Social services have been screened by a multidisciplinary team of researchers on the request and on behalf of the European Commission.

“STUDY ON SOCIAL SERVICES OF GENERAL INTEREST”

The title of the study took into account the notion of “Social services of general interest”, which is a euro-terminology to designate social security schemes and social services directly provided to the persons.

The aim of this study on social services of general interest is to describe the status quo of four types of social services (long-term care, childcare, social housing and employment services) as regards three main aspects: the applicable regulatory framework for service provision and financing, the types of service providers, and the main quality tools and frameworks. It also looks how these four types of social services have been affected by the current global economic downturn.” Continue reading

Hot topic : resocialising Europe… in London

20 Apr

A nice event will occur in the middle of May : a high level Conference on Social Europe in London.  At first sight I thought it was in Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium because the University there is also called UCL.

The level and the ambitious are quite impressive and I hope this will feed our discussions, and why not be the opportunity to have some interviews from some of these experts.

Terms such as ‘Social Europe’, the ‘European Social Dimension’, ‘European Social Model’, and, more recently, ‘European Social Pact’, have long resided in the political and regulatory lexicon of European integration. But arguably, after reaching a climax in 2000 with the inclusion of a ‘Solidarity’ chapter in the Charter of Fundamental Rights, the social profile of the EU has entered a deep period of crisis, one may say a phase of ‘social eurosclerosis’, recently exacerbated by the political responses to the economic downturn and its severe consequences on social and labour standards across the EU. Continue reading

What’s up Webdoc? (6) : In the mood for pitching

11 Apr

Cross-Video Days in Paris

We were at a big crossroad today: trying to improve our webdoc’s story day after day. With search for partners ongoing, we’ve been focusing on two big webdoc festivals:  Cross Video Days &  Millenium Webdoc Meetings. We don’t belong to this Movie-world yet, and that’s one of the reason why we need these connections with professionals of webdoc.

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What’s up Webdoc ? (5) : My Social Bird

4 Apr

2 years ago, I wrote a little comic book on social services in Europe trying to find simple words to express the challenges of European economic regulation in time of crisis for social services.

I will post here some extracts, from time to time. It’s time for Poetry!   😉

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