Publications by Dr. Sofia Fernandes

New Beginnings: Employment and social policy

Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has called for a “fairer and more equal Europe”. This political priority is justified not only for normative or functional reasons, but also for political ones. In a context of rising Euroscepticism, the EU must live up to citizens’ expectations and improve their living and working conditions. To that purpose, the new Commission should adopt a Social Action Plan for the next five years to turn into concrete initiatives the 20 principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights proclaimed two years ago. more

What ambition for the European Labour Authority?

The idea of creating a European Labour Authority (ELA) is often associated with the need to better enforce rules on worker mobility, notably with regard to posted workers. However, the authority should also facilitate mobility, in particular by guaranteeing better access to information for both citizens and businesses. Between these two scenarios, Sofia Fernandes distinguishes four tasks that can be entrusted to a new European Authority. more

Posted Workers: How to ensure a fair Mobility?

EU labour ministers met in Luxemburg on 23 October for a landmark discussion on the European framework for posted workers. Sofia Fernandes, senior research fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute in Paris, analyses the issue of posted work in Europe and the challenges for mobility that come with it. more

Sofia Fernandes on national budgets and European surveillance

With euro area countries presenting their budgetary plan for 2015 to the Commission by 15 October, Sofia Fernandes aims to shed light on the debate about European authorities’ powers in the budgetary field and the implications for France. more