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In a globalised world companies and businesses need to be able and ready to adapt to the rapidly changing labour market environment, where economic uncertainty discourages firms to have a rigid structure. This results in a variable and adjustable economic system, often generating labour and social precariousness as a negative externality. Through the Lisbon Strategy and the following Europe 2020 approach, the European Commission chose to tackle this with the flexicurity approach, combining labour market flexibility with employment security. To date, it is clear that the balance is asymmetric, it is evident that social stability is struggling. To re-balance this equilibrium is crucial in order to avoid the expansion of other harmful consequences, such as discrimination and unequal conditions. These can only be tackled by a multi-level approach, entailing the following elements: 1) Education: investments and reforms to make school systems more inclusive, modern, accessible for everyone, more updated with the changing labour market and foreseeing an upward re-evaluation of professors. After all, the economic health of a community depends on its human capital. 2) Women: to invest on women participation to the labour market, avoiding any salary discrimination and reducing the pay gap between men and women. Since flexibility leads to shorter-term contracts, parental leave shall be made mandatory also for men, in order to avoid existent obstacles to the hiring of women for short-term jobs. 3) Migrants: good governance means also to be able to turn challenges into useful resources. Migrants are potentially creators of jobs, contributors to GDP and pension funds. They can reverse the negative demographic trend across Europe, and they represent a chance for Europeans to gain from diversity and integration. 4) Fiscalism: social security can be financially ensured also by more progressive tax systems, boosting social equality through income redistribution. At the same time, it is important to establish tax incentives to firms which hires youngsters with permanent contracts, with the aim of tackling precariousness. I am aware that these targeted measures fall mostly under Member States competences, but European political and regulatory framework can push and direct national legislation in that direction. It is crucial. If it is true that prosperous economies are those able to adapt to global economic trends, it is also true that successful and sustainable societies are those who achieve social security, inclusive education and integration systems and gender equality. Only a balanced and symmetrical flexicurity system can be the key for social progresses and healthy democracies.

Saying yes to the youngest continent on earth and making it our ally is not charity; the truth is, we might need it more than they do. In this changing world we need an inclusive partnership with high ambitions for the next generations. A partnership made of concrete cooperation based on common values away from the “post colonial business as usual type of partnership”. As socialists and progressives, I believe that we shall not let what the European Union inspires around the world to be tarnished by policies made of walls, fear and bigotry; we should insist on a partnership that looks with hope into the future and invest in it. If we want to be taken seriously, our ambition for this partnership should be visible in the next MFF, Multiannual Financial Framework (2021-2027). Currently under discussion, I believe it is our responsibility as progressives to carry a very clear objective: as a symbol it is unacceptable that we spend more on EU border management than on development aid in this next budget. At the same time, we should insist on a partnership of equals; the funding of international development aid should be a question segregated from the policies where we can find collaboration with African countries. We also need to reinforce the framework of our cooperation: it means a shared budget where both the European Union and the African Union contribute to develop specific policies in fields such as education, science, but also less traditional areas humain rights, space or tax cooperation and others. More important finally in my view is the substance of what should be our cooperation; we need to implement programs close to people, fostering grassroots cooperation of africains and europeans in lines with commons objectives; for example with young people in a joint volunteering program, with professionals in a designated field, with civil servants from relevant administrations, … .

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According to the new GDPR regulations, a doctor is no longer authorized to call a patient and reveal his medical exams via a phone call or social media. The patient will either have to traditionally acquire the results in their physical form, by visiting the respective medical center, which is unprogressive at best, or the doctor will have to share the intel generated on an encrypted fashion. There are numerous second and third generation blockchain-powered medical platforms and projects that make sure individual medical data are securely stored, distributed, and monetized, always with the user’s consent. Blockchain not only allows for encrypted data storage and distribution, but it enables hierarchy in the ledger, and gives strict access to third parties, always confirmed by the user/owner of the data himself. An interesting example would be Zenome, a Skolkovo Foundation backed bioinformatics company specializing in genomic data storage, distribution and monetization using blockchain technology. Now, the health industry is obviously one of the most important sectors and probably the first to adopt this disruptive technology on a commercial scale, as personal medical data is currently the most expensive digital asset worldwide, based on the demand major medical companies and health institutions generate, but that doesn’t mean it stops here. In a nutshell, GDPR affects pretty much everyone who uses the internet protocol(s) – we know that it’s meant for EU citizens, but let’s be clear: since the EU has 0 jurisdictions on American, Asian, and African websites, it uses the European citizen as a catalyst to push the new regulations to literally every website, as there is no website with 0 EU visitors/users. Acknowledging the above, we know that the EU is already pushing DLT systems to the mainstream public, or else, GDPR will affect companies, governments, and individuals to use encryption, or in other words, use blockhain technologies more often if not as a standard. I strongly believe that GDPR and blockchain, although 2 different topics, have a lot in common and are related on an immediate scale, even if it’s not yet present. Originally posted at https://eublockchain.mobilize.io/main/groups/22605/lounge/posts/214590 Let me know your thoughts on this. @rosspeili

2 weeks, 4 days ago in Digital Europe
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We all know that Shenzhen and Northern China, in general, is already on a next level when it comes to urban planning, smart cities, blockchain, IoT networks, and machine autonomy powered by sophisticated AI. In fact, Shenzhen has taken technological advancement so far that if you’re trying to trespass a road, facial recognition software established in every traffic light will recognize you and send you an sms with your fine to pay. No traffic police, no conversations, no human interference at all. If you’re insisting on trespassing and/or disobey the advanced system in other ways, your digital profile gets “damaged” and in some cases, you lose social abilities, like the ability to vote, or even get a house loan. I won’t say that this is good or bad, it is necessary. But, we could find a better arrangement of how to introduce technological advancement to the common public. So in this case, before asking people to pay fines to the machinery, we first must let the machinery to reward people for their contribution to the city and its standards. An example discussed recently with an ex Ethereum developer, is rewarding people for recycling. Many countries already reward citizens for recycling plastic, glass bottles and other trash. What if we establish a standard European protocol, where EU member counties should use smart recycling bins, with IoT connectivity, being able to tell who is throwing away what, and in what quantity, and reward him accordingly. At the same time, the bin will be able to store data and sense its storage capabilities, interfering with the respective recycling agency to ensure maximum efficiency. For example, recycling trucks wouldn’t have to visit the bins every day, but instead, should visit only bins that are nearly full, as their monitored by the IoT network. Other use-cases could include air pollution levels depending on the car model, house energy plan a citizen uses etc. If you’re updated, you get a reward, if you’re damaging the environment because you’re stuck in your ’82 Mazda or your oil-powered heating system, you not only won’t be rewarded but in extreme cases, you should be fined. Note that this has nothing to do with UBI, but it is strictly meant to be a “reward” and not an income. With City Points, an EU citizen could buy food, groceries, and other basic materials. The citizen could use the points in exchange for a trip to another EU country and even be able to spend his City Points there. So if I am stuck in Amsterdam for a day, I could use my city points gathered from Thessaloniki to buy a cup of coffee and some breakfast while I am waiting for the plane. City Points won’t be legitimate to use as a currency, neither you could buy a house or a car with CP, no matter how many points you have. Would love to hear from you and discuss this topic. Originally posted at: https://ec.europa.eu/futurium/en/comment/8495#comment-8495

2 weeks, 4 days ago in Sustainable Future
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If we look back at the time,we will find that the foundations of democracy were built in the state of Athens.However,democracy, liberty and the freedom of speech were a privilege only men had,and particulary the Athenians.Women,children and slaves didnt have the right to express their opinion,the oportunity to vote or be voted.We realise that it wasnt a real democracy,but a gift only few people had.The same situation probably happens in EU.Although our political system is considered as a democratic and fair one,many people dont have the chance to choose their fate,either if it has to do with elections,or an economical decision.Somehow ,politicaly and economicaly stronger countries often threat without noticing,weaker countries with the threat of terminating their funding assist,or even publishing inaccurate predictions for their future.We even seperated in our minds the EU countries ,depend on their economical power,and now it is divided to ”North Europe” and ”South Europe”.So we still do the same mistake.Most of the protests that they take place in the EU are ending with a violent way.Now we give more attention to who is going to be in charge,rather than who is going to make the big change.This is not democracy.It is the same thing with the state of Athens.If it really was,all of them should have equal rights and the chance to speak freely.So we need to adapt a democratic system that will elevate the spirit of the whole Europe,with equal rights for everyone,the right to speak and protest peacefully,no matter their economical status,their sex,origin,political beliefs.

3 weeks, 1 day ago in Democracy
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I am volunteering as a teaching assistant in a refugee school,which is located in the center of Athens.I am pretty sure that everyone has an opinion about the situation that occurs in Europe with the refugees,but the things i have witnessed,are indescribable.Most of the children are traumatised and they have no idea that they are stuck in Greece,with no luck of moving somewhere else,because many EU member countries have refused to share the burden of hosting refugees on their land.The worst part is that these children are luckier among others,most of them live with their parents and they have a stable housing.There are people that they didnt make it to survive,lost or even got drowned trying to cross from the Turkish coast to the aegean Islands.And i must say that these people are no different from us.Νevertherless,The EU counts digits and digits and digits,while people from Afghanistan,Syria,Iran,Iraq, are suffering and we do nothing about it,or leaving other countries to solve the whole problem.What is the point of the EU,if we do not unite as one ,and help those who are suffering and need help?What is the point if we remain xenophobic,narrow minded and blame harmless people for our financial and political crisis?The reason that i am talking dramatically is because the situation is dramatic,and i am talking by experience,not by uninmportant statistics and i really want to help on greater scale,not just by helping 20 or 50 people,but by solving the problem.

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