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PUBLIC SERVICES REVIEW (EUROPE) – ISSUE 24

The latest issue of Public Service Review: Europe (Issue 24) is now online.

The impressive foreword is by President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz discussing European integration and later articles cover in-detail key public policy areas such as finance, defence, education, culture, regional policy, transport. The section Environment, Agriculture and Energy opens with Janez Potoènik’s assessment of positive outcomes from Rio+, followed by in-depth coverage of environment, agriculture, energy and maritime issues.

In addition, Health is represented by a number of searching articles on oncology, women and children’s health, ageing and elderly care, nursing and mental health. The exciting Research, Innovation and Science section begins with Director General of the EC’s Joint Research Centre Dominique Ristori who advocates the power of science for a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. There is stimulating and broad content under this heading – Research, Innovation and Science – including digital agenda, eHealth, neuroscience, engineering, space, chemistry and social sciences, as well as focuses on European countries such as Lithuania, Italy, Spain and the Czech Republic.

Below you will find links to relevant sectors in the publication as well as a key article within each. Please click the respective sector links for more editorial articles. We hope that you will enjoy reading the issue…

Special Feature

Framework for the future
European Commissioner for Financial Programming and Budget Janusz Lewandowski tells Editor Jonathan Miles how the EEU’s draft budget is innovative yet responsible…

Overview
Losing currency?
The UK must remain a key player in efforts to solve the euro crisis, warns Lord Lyndon Harrison, Chairman of the EU Sub-Committee on Economic and Financial Affairs…

Finance
A social shift
Northern Ireland Finance Minister Sammy Wilson considers the finance priorities for the social economy and the funding opportunities in the sector…

Defence
Liberating Lithuania
Lithuanian Minister of National Defence Rasa Juknevièienë details why the independence afforded by smart and green energy production will aid their defence policy agenda…

Education and Skills
Graduating for growth
The Northern Ireland Executive’s Minister for Employment and Learning Dr Stephen Farry describes the significance of its first higher education strategy…

Multilingualism
Strong languages
Bernadette Holmes, President of the Association for Language Learning, calls for a new paradigm for economic and social recovery in the EU…

Special Focus: Education in Sweden
Learning without limits
European universities have much to gain by affording students from further afield the same opportunities as those from Europe, believes Tautgirdas Ruzgas, of Malmö University…

Culture, Arts and Heritage
Culture club
Director General for Education, Training, Culture and Youth Jan Truszczyñski outlines how the European Commission is promoting the continued circulation of works of culture…

Regional Policy
Pushing funding further
Is England getting the maximum benefit from ERDF? Clive Betts, Chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee of the House of Commons, investigates…

Transport
A sobering thought
Chief Superintendent Pasi Kemppainen, President of the European Traffic Police Network TISPOL, shares new thinking in protecting Europe’s roads from drink-drivers…

International Development

From strategy to strength
Minister of International Development Heidi Hautala highlights Finland’s commitment to meeting MDG and ODA targets, and why she believes smart aid is based on human rights…

Industry and Entrepreneurship
Visitors welcome
Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission, discusses efforts to maintain Europe’s place as the world’s leading tourist destination…

Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
Renewed and improved
Northern Ireland Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland outlines his ambitions to take regeneration and housing projects in the country to an even higher level…

Health and Safety
Safer together
Christa Sedlatschek, Director of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, explains why collaboration in risk prevention makes businesses more competitive…

Environment, Agriculture and Energy
Emissions controlled?
European Environment Agency’s Climate Change Analyst Ricardo Fernandez provides insight into the changing levels of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU…

Health and Social Care
A state of transformation
Edwin Poots, Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland, outlines his department’s plans to develop services that have the individual at their heart…

Research, Innovation and Science
From potential to policy
Dominique Ristori, Director-General of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, advocates the power of science for a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy…

 

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Egypt

EXPLOITATION, DEBT AND AID IN EGYPT AND TUNISIA

MONDAY JANUARY 23rdExploitation, Debt & Aid in Egypt and Tunisia: What Direction for the Revolutions? with Dr Adam Hanieh

At The Gallery, Farringdon, London
70/77 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EJ. (near Farringdon Tube station)
note new start time at 6.45 p.m. to 8.45 p.m.

We suggest you arrive 15 minutes beforehand in order to settle in with your glass of wine.
Entrance fee: £3 (£2 concessions)

In the wake of the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, international financial institutions such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, in partnership with the Gulf Arab States, have rushed to offer loans and investment packages to the new transitional regimes. The possible conditionalities attached to these aid packages have provoked widespread concern from the region’s political movements, and need to be seen in the context of ongoing struggles to achieve the social and economic demands that underpinned the uprisings.

Dr. Adam Hanieh will examine the logic of financial aid in the Middle East, locating the discussion within the political economy of the uprisings and the neoliberal transformation of the region over the past two decades. Dr. Hanieh is a Lecturer in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and is author of the recently published Capitalism and Class in the Gulf Arab States (Palgrave-MacMillan 2011).

Friends of Le Monde Diplomatique is a UK-based affiliate of the Les Amis Le Monde Diplomatique which supports the writings and tradition which has evolved over 50 years of publication of the Le Monde Diplomatique Newspaper. Our “Cafe Diplo” meetings at The Gallery at Farringdon, in the City of London on selected Monday evenings, are presented (in English) in the context of our global anti neo-conservative-liberal tradition, and give an opportunity for lively debate between speakers and audience.

See: http://mondediplofriends.org.uk/calendar.htm

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Harvesting

FOOD CRISIS

CALL FOR PAPERS

“The Food Crisis: Implications for Decent Work in Rural and Urban Areas”

The International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD) Annual Thematic Conference –University of Kassel, Kassel, Germany, July 4-6

In recent years, food prices have gone up to prohibitive levels for many of the world’s poor. They have remained high and volatile. While many poor city dwellers have had to switch their diets to include only very basic foods, the vast majority of those who are hungry in the world today (over half a billion) are working in agriculture, either as small landholders or as waged agricultural workers. This paradox has sparked a lively debate about the reasons for food price increases. However, the implications for the Decent Work agenda have received less attention. The four dimensions of the Decent Work concept (creating jobs, guaranteeing rights at work, extending social protection and promoting social dialogue) do not explicitly cover the issue of rising food prices. On the one hand, price increases for the most basic household items threaten any gains achieved through the Decent Work agenda. On the other hand, increased food prices may in principle provide an opportunity for agricultural labour, yet the majority of the food producers seem not to have benefited from rising prices. Apparently, the bargaining power of many producers has been weakened vis-à-vis the buyers of agricultural produce. This development points to another dimension not explicitly addressed by the Decent Work agenda: power relations along the food chain. TheInternationalCenterfor Development and Decent Work (ICDD) wants to commit its Annual Thematic Conference “The Food Crisis: Implications for Decent Work in Rural and Urban Areas” to an exploration of the origins of the food crisis, its implications for the Decent Work agenda, and strategies for addressing the crisis.

The general themes to be discussed are:

Assessing the Scope of the Food Crisis: Is there a rural – urban divide? What is the impact on workers and small landholders? What are the implications for the Decent Work agenda?

Origins of the Food Crisis: Financialization, land grabbing, climate change and soil degradation, agribusiness, agro-fuels, EU trade policies, demography, productivity obstacles, and other relevant topics.

Remedies for the Food Crisis: Increasing agricultural productivity, improving logistics, empowering agricultural workers, food sovereignty, and other relevant topics.

We encourage potential contributors to include a gender-sensitive analysis whenever possible.

If you would like to present a paper in one of these areas, please send a brief abstract (less than half a page) by April 1, 2012 to: ATC2012Kassel@icdd.uni-kassel.de

Please include the following information:

Name:

Country:

Organization:

Professor Dr. Christoph Scherrer, “Globalisierung & Politik”, FB 5 – Gesellschaftswissenschaften, Universität Kassel, Nora-Platiel-Straße 1, D-34127 Kassel, Tel.: +49 (0) 561 804 3253 Sekr., scherrer@uni-kassel.de

Fachgebiet: http://www.uni-kassel.de/fb05/fachgruppen/politikwissenschaft/globalisierung-und-politik.html

InternationalCenterfor Development and Decent Work: www.icdd.uni-kassel.de

MA Global Political Economy: http://www.uni-kassel.de/go/gpe

MA Labour Polices & Globalisation: www.global-labour-university.org

Promotionskolleg Global Social Policies and Governance: www.social-globalization.uni-kassel.de

ENGAGE – Certificate Course on Global Economic Governance: http://www.global-labour-university.org/216.html

IKSA – InternationalKasselSummerAcademyon the World Economy: http://www.uni-kassel.de/go/sommerakademie

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Egypt

THE ROOTS AND DYNAMICS OF THE 2011 REVOLUTIONARY UPHEVAL IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

The LSE Department of International Development is pleased to present a public lecture:

Professor Gilbert Achcar

The roots and dynamics of the 2011 revolutionary upheaval in the Middle East and North Africa

Friday, November 18, 2011, 4:00-5:30pm
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, Aldwych

Gilbert Achcar is Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). He taught and/or researched in various universities and research centres in Beirut, Berlin and Paris. His books have been published in Arabic, Chinese (Mainland and Taiwan), English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Urdu.

This lecture is part of the LSE Department of International Development Friday Lecture Series, which brings in leading figures from inside and outside of academia to speak on important current issues.

 

Upcoming speakers are:

November 25 Dr. Gabriel Palma, Department of Economics, University of Cambridge

December 2 Dr. Jo Beall, Director Education & Society, British Council

Lectures take place Fridays from 4:00pm-5:30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre on the ground floor of Clement House, on Aldwych. For a campus map, please see: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/mapsanddirections/findingyourwayaroundlse.aspx

Open to the public

 

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World Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 13th FEBRUARY 2011

EVENTS

LEFT FILM AND VIDEO – CULTURE FORUM ONE

Monday, February 21
7:30 pm.
The Regal Beagle (back room)
335 Bloor St West (near St George), Toronto

Left film and video: a discussion with Frank Saptel and other Board members of the Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLIFF)

Performances by:
– Wally Brooker, saxophone
– Jerry Lee Miller, stand-up comedy
– Mike Constable, animation films
– plus short films by invited guests

Presented by the Culture Committee (Cultcom) of the Greater Toronto Workers Assembly

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WEBINAR – THE CO-OPERATIVE MODEL: A DURABLE AND SUSTAINABLE ENTERPRISE

Friday, February 18
12pm EST

Featured Speakers: Professor Ian MacPherson (Professor Emeritus University of Victoria and author of A Century of Co-operation) and David Bent (Author of Forthcoming book Determined to Prosper: The Story of Sussex Co-op, the Oldest Agricultural Society in the World, PhD Student in History, University of New Brunswick)

More info: http://www.cooperativedifference.coop/page/4-Events-Opportunities

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CLiFF (CANADIAN LABOUR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL) CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR 2011

The Selection Committee of the Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF) invites you to submit your film or video for possible screening during our second Festival to be held this November in Toronto, Ontario and in 50 communities across the country (and counting). Films are due 30 June, 2011.

CLiFF features film and video made by, for, and about the world of work and those who do it, in Canada and internationally. The films we showcase are about unionised workers, as well as those not represented by unions. We encourage projects regarding any and every aspect of work, as well as issues affecting work or workers.

The festival draws thousands of trade unionists, community members, youth, activists, students, educators, artists, and allies from across North America and one day, we hope, the world.

We are looking for films on a wide spectrum of issues. We seek films about privatization, youth, First Nations people, people of colour, immigrants, refugees, detainees, health and safety, resistance, art, poetry, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered people, taxi drivers, truck drivers, rickshaw drivers – anyone who does anything considered work.

We also encourage the widest possible variety of films: from documentaries to drama to poetry/poetic treatments to comedy and animation.

More info: http://labourfilms.ca/cliff/2011/02/08/2011-call-for-submission-now-available/

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FORUM – GLOBAL CRISIS, FISCAL RESTRAINT AND PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS

Thursday March 10, 2011
7pm
Ryerson University, Oakham Lounge, 2nd floor
63 Gould Street, Toronto

2011 Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lecture: John Loxley
Co-sponsored and supported by Ryerson’s CUPE Locals 233, 1281, 3904, Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE and the Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University

Dr. John Loxley is a professor in the Department of Economics, University of Manitoba. He specializes in International Money and Finance, International Development and Community Economic Development and has published extensively in these areas. He has researched public-private partnerships for almost fifteen years and recently published Public Service Private Profits: The Political Economy of Public-Private Sector Partnerships, with Salim J. Loxley, Fernwood Publishers, 2010.

For further information contact Bryan Evans at 416 979-5000 x4199 or e-mail: b1evans@ryerson.ca

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LUNCHBOX SPEAKERS’ SERIES – SOCIAL ECONOMY CENTRE (OISE/UT)

Community Foundations

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Noon – 1:30 pm.
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Room 12-199, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto

With Rosalyn Morrison, Community Initiatives, Toronto Community Foundation and Betsy Martin, Community Foundations Canada

Rosalyn Morrison will talk about how the Toronto Community Foundation mobilizes more than 300 individual and family donors, high-impact community organizations and cross-sector leaders to tackle complex, quality of life issues in creative and inspiring ways.

Betsy Martin will discuss how foundations in Canada can support social enterprise and how this is part of the evolution of the investment model of foundations around the world. She will give examples of what community foundations in Canada and the United States are doing, to give a sense of the potential for this kind of community foundation investing.

Moderator: Michael Hall, Primus

– Bring your lunch and a mug.  Water, coffee and tea will be provided.
– For more information, please contact Lisa White at: secspeakerseries@gmail.com
– This event will also be webcast live on the Internet.  Please see our website for detailed instructions: http://socialeconomy.utoronto.ca/english/webcast.php

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NEWS AND VIEWS

REPORT: WAL-MART ACTUALLY KILLS JOBS, CREATES TAXPAYER BURDENS

from The Raw Story

NEW YORK – Wal-Mart’s lengthy struggle to open in New York City has hit fresh problems — a controversial report that said America’s biggest discounter does not just sell cheap, it makes neighborhoods poorer.

The report concludes that Wal-Mart, the biggest U.S. private employer, kills jobs rather than creates them, drives down wages and is a tax burden because it does not give health and other benefits to many part-time employees, leaving a burden on Medicaid and other public programs.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/02/10/walmart-draws-ire-poor-parts-brooklyn/

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MUBARAK’S FOLLY: THE RISING OF EGYPT’S WORKERS

by David McNally, The Bullet

Rarely do our rulers look more absurd than when faced with a popular upheaval. As fear and apathy are broken, ordinary people – housewives, students, sanitation workers, the unemployed – remake themselves. Having been objects of history, they become its agents. Marching in their millions, reclaiming public space, attending meetings and debating their society’s future, they discover in themselves capacities for organization and action they had never imagined. They arrest secret police, defend their communities and their rallies, organize the distribution of food, water and medical supplies. Exhilarated by new solidarities and empowered by the understanding that they are making history, they shed old habits of deference and passivity.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/460.php

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TAKE A STAND AGAINST WAGE THEFT

We work hard, but too often we don’t get paid.  

In December 2010, the Workers’ Action Centre recorded our experiences looking for work. Go to http://www.workersactioncentre.org to listen to the reality workers in Ontario face every day.

We are offered work for less than minimum wage, we don’t get overtime pay, we are charged fees to get work, we are told we have to be self-employed to get a job.

This is wage theft.

TAKE ACTION

We are taking action against wage theft and so can you.

–  Watch workers’ stories of wage theft and share with others. (http://cts.vresp.com/c/?WorkersActionCentre/0760994829/46f0beda64/0feed76c2b)

–  Email the Minister of Labour Charles Sousa on our Wage Theft Action page (http://www.workersactioncentre.org/campaigns_stopwagetheft.html)

–  Call our workers rights hotline at (416) 531-0778.  Report wage theft.

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CBC NEWS OTTAWA – UNION WASTE COLLECTORS SAVE OTTAWA MILLIONS

The City of Ottawa said Tuesday it saved close to $5 million, over four years, by using unionized employees to collect garbage in its downtown core.

The city said since the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 503 — the city’s largest union — won the garbage collection contract for Ottawa’s downtown area in 2005, it has delivered the services it promised for less money.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/ottawa/story/2011/02/08/ottawa-union-garbage-208.html

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PUBLIC-WORKER UNIONS SKIP ALBANY AD BLITZ FOR NEW TACTICS

by Nicholas Confessore, New York Times

ALBANY — The airwaves are virtually silent. The fiery criticism of years past has given way to conciliatory press releases. And the halls of the Capitol ring not with angry protests but with the quiet hum of lawmakers and lobbyists making their daily rounds.

Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, the New York City teachers’ union, said, “We think the ad wars make people feel disenfranchised from the process.”

Faced with devastating budget cuts from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and a deeply hostile electorate, New York’s most influential public-employee unions have unexpectedly shifted their strategy for defending cherished government programs and worker benefits. Put off for now are the angry denunciations and millions of dollars of advertisements, chiefly from hospitals and a health care union, that have traditionally begun haunting governors in early February.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/10/nyregion/10unions.html?ref=nyregion

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):

Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education.

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

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