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FP6

EU Research on Social Sciences and Humanities, Generational approach to the social patterns of relation to work - SPReW, EUR 22702

Project ID: 28408
Funded under: FP6-CITIZENS

Abstract

Seven years ago in Lisbon, Heads of State or Government signed up to an ambitious programme of change. They committed themselves to making the European Union the most dynamic and competitive knowledge-based economy in the world capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion, and respect for the environment.
The Lisbon strategy is an essential component of the overarching objective of sustainable development set out in the Treaty: improving welfare and living conditions in a sustainable way for present and future generations. Both Lisbon and the EU sustainable development strategy contribute to ensuring this goal. Being mutually reinforcing, they target complementary actions, use different instruments and produce their results in different time frames.
But these policies need a solid European knowledge base. Social sciences and humanities, by their nature, enable us to understand the way in which societies are organised and governed and how they evolve and change. They also provide us the opportunity of better understanding human and social behaviour and of identifying the factors which contribute to the social, economic, political and cultural changes. Research in social sciences and humanities can provide solutions, for example, to the questions concerning the change of the living conditions, the current economic trends and migratory flows, the changes in work and in the roles of men and of women, the age of population, the need to have new forms of governance, the impact of multilingualism, values, religion, history, art, on the construction of Europe, etc. It plays therefore a fundamental role in the formulation and the implementation of the policies at all levels, including at European level.

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