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WWWforEurope Newsletter February 2014

The WWWforEurope Newsletter 1/2014 has been published!

"Social Investment and the EMU" WWWforEurope Lecture

Anton Hemerijck, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Professor of Institutional Policy Analysis at VU University, Amsterdam will lecture on "Social Investment and the European Monetary Union" on May 21st, 2014, in Vienna.

New WWWforEurope Working Papers

A number of new WWWforEurope Working Papers is now available for download.

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WIFO - Austrian Institute of Economic Research
Arsenal, Objekt 20
1030 Vienna, Austria

Telephone: +43 1 798 26 01-332
Fax: +43 1 798 93 86

Web: http://www.wifo.ac.at/

European Commission, DG Research and Innovation
Domenico Rossetti – Domenico.Rossetti-di-Valdalbero(at)ec.europa.eu

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 290647.

The project receives additional funding under the TOP.EU program of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy.

Welcome to the WWWforEurope project!

What kind of development strategy should Europe opt for in the face of the financial crisis and the big challenges ahead: globalisation, demographic shifts, climate change and new technologies? What kind of strategy will guarantee Welfare, Wealth and Work for Europe in the long term? These are essential questions for Europe’s future that need to be answered today. These are the questions an ambitious European research project is working on. Its name is its mission: Welfare, Wealth and Work for Europe – WWWforEurope.

The conviction: "Europe needs a change"

"Europe needs a change", says Karl Aiginger, director of the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) and coordinator of WWWforEurope. The financial crisis that Europe is currently facing has exposed long neglected deficiencies in the present growth path, most visibly in unemployment and public debt. At the same time Europe has to cope with new challenges ranging from globalisation and demographic shifts to new technologies and ecological challenges.

The vision: Europe as a role model

"Change however", Aiginger emphasises, "must not point in the direction of reducing social inclusion, postponing environmental goals and opting for price/cost-competitiveness. Our vision is that Europe should become a role model for a development strategy that enables a socio-ecological transition to high levels of employment, social inclusion, gender equity and environmental sustainability. And WWWforEurope will work towards it."

The objective: Laying the analytical basis for socio-ecological transition

The project is in line with the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The objective of WWWforEurope is to strengthen the analytical foundation of the Europe 2020 strategy. However, it goes far beyond that strategy, laying the analytical basis for a socio-ecological transition.

The Consortium: Interdisciplinary expertise

The research consortium brings together researchers from 33 scientific institutions in 12 European countries with interdisciplinary expertise from economics and ecology to history, demography, political science and gender research. The consortium is coordinated by the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO). Project coordinator is Karl Aiginger, director of WIFO. Margit Schratzenstaller and Stefan Ederer, both senior researchers at WIFO, act as deputy coordinators.