Since the financial crisis, people in many countries have faced a sharp fall in living standards; moreover, economic inequalities are on the rise. Consequently, policy attention is starting to shift towards addressing this lack of equal opportunities as well as the transmission of (dis)advantage across generations. On 4 May, in Paris, Eurofound and the OECD Centre for Opportunity and Equality will host a joint high-level conference ‘The only way is up? Social mobility and equal opportunities’. The event will provide a platform to discuss new findings on intergenerational mobility and policies supporting upward mobility, especially among disadvantaged groups in the EU and the OECD countries. The event will be opened by Secretary-General OECD Angel Gurría, and Juan Menéndez-Valdés, Eurofound’s Director.
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News • Mar 23, 2017 16:25 GMT
Developments in the field of employment and social affairs announced in the European Commission’s work programme for 2017 include initiatives to address the challenges of work–life balance faced by working families, a European Pillar of Social Rights aimed at fostering a fair playing field in the European social market economy, and a White Paper on the Future of Europe.
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