The “four freedoms”― goods, services, capital, and movement beyond borders― lie at the heart of the European Union (EU) and underpin the idea behind its single market, without trade barriers and with harmonised national rules at the EU level.
At present, about 16 million people are working outside their home borders in the European Union, twice as many as in 2008, a trend that is expected to rise in the future. In the study "Towards a European Labour Authority" commissioned by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, author Jan Cremers of the Department of Labour Law and Social Policy at Tilburg University (Netherlands) explores problems in the area of cross-border labour mobility. He goes on to suggest that fair working conditions in the Single Market could be enhanced by the establishment of a European Labour Authority.
A new authority on an EU level promises to overcome a main challenge: the inability to monitor and sanction new forms of regulatory arbitrage, regime shopping and the evasion of existing labour standards as the competence of national authorities to control and enforce them end at the border.
The youth of Africa envisions a future where the EU dismantles the power dynamics that have hindered Africa and its development.
No two refugees’ stories are the same, but they all tell of resilience, hope, and challenges—sometimes—overcome.
In March 2019, the Young Global Changers Summer School brought young people from 60 countries together to work on global challenges.