EU Affairs Blog

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Mark Dempsey2nd April 20201min

This briefing by Tony Brown examines the key initiatives put forward by the Commission to create a more inclusive, fairer and people-centered social policy, which leaves no one behind and to emphasize the social element in Europe’s social market economy. The briefing also assesses the significance of these proposals for Ireland. This paper is part of the Future of the EU27 Project, which is sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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Mark Dempsey2nd April 20206min

This blog by Tony Brown examines the heightened importance given to the social dimension of the EU in the EU's Strategic Agenda for 2019-24, a move that has been welcomed by the Irish Government. It also explores the synergies between the EU's social policy agenda and the priorities of the Irish Government, as outlined in the Roadmap for Social Inclusion 2020-25.

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Mark Dempsey16th January 20201min

On 1 January 2020, Croatia assumed the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the first time. This briefing examines what we can expect from the Croatian Presidency programme over the next six months, which is entitled ‘A Strong Europe in a World of Challenges’. This briefing is part of the Future of the EU27 Project, which is sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.