The overarching goal of Flash-it is to contribute to further and future development of evidence-based policy-making coping with Europe 2020’s priorities through effective dissemination of the results already achieved by FP7 funded projects in the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities theme. That's why the consortium launched its database which contains useful, targeted and categorized information... Access the database
"Social innovation is for the people and with the people. It is about solidarity and responsibility. It is good for society and it enhances society’s capacity to act." --José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission.
While debates over its definition continue, “social innovation” is gaining prominence in European policy discourses. Used only sparingly when the Europe 2020 Growth Strategy was being formulated, the term now surfaces regularly in discussions about the strategy, especially in connection with the priorities of smart and inclusive growth. Given its emphasis on new ideas for addressing societal needs, many consider social innovation to be deeply embedded in Europe 2020, if only as a quasi-concept... Read more
How can EU Member States manage their relationship with people of diverse faiths more effectively? The EU-funded research project RELIGARE offers valuable guidance. Identifying linkages between legal approaches and social realities, the research points toward workable solutions that can help policymakers balance different, if not conflicting, needs. In light of growing diversification and the loosening of international borders, the researchers argue that traditional ways of regulating the relationship between majority and minority groups may no longer be sufficient. A "sustainable approach to managing diversity", they suggest, would necessitate a more "dynamic engagement with difference" as well as greater engagement with citizens in identifying responses to policy challenges. .... Read more
Cross-border practices associated with EU citizenship are strengthening cosmopolitan values, even in countries wary of the European project. EUCROSS offers insights into the relationship between cross-border activities and identifications among EU residents. Interviews with over 6,000 residents in six EU Member States (Denmark, Germany, Italy, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom) show a large portion of respondents actively utilizing the basic benefits of EU integration (i.e. enhanced mobility and the free flow of goods and services). .... Read more
Minding the Media: Up to Date on the Fourth Estate. New technologies and market forces are radically changing Europe’s media landscape, with far-reaching implications for society. Two recently completed research projects shed light on the meaning of these changes, suggesting how journalistic accountability and media freedom can be strengthened in the Internet age. .... Read More
European Union citizenship was introduced 20 years ago with the entry into force of the Maastricht Treaty. To mark this anniversary, the EU designated 2013 "The European Year of Citizens". The anniversary is encouraging intense reflection on the topic, with a new research-based policy review offering suggestions on how to exploit the potential of EU citizenship more effectively. .... Read More