Eurofound's EU PolicyWatch collates information on the responses of government and social partners to the COVID-19 crisis, the war in Ukraine, rising inflation, as well as gathering examples of company practices aimed at mitigating the social and economic impacts.
Factsheet for measure EU-2022-11/2339 – measures in European Union
|Country||European Union , applies eu-wide (or beyond)|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 08 March 2022|
|Context||War in Ukraine|
|Type||Non-binding recommendations or other texts|
Measures to prevent social hardship
– Other humanitarian measures
|Author||Barbara Surdykowska and Eurofound|
|Measure added||19 May 2022 (updated 21 June 2022)|
The Russian invasion of Ukraine, launched on February 24, 2022, resulted in an unprecedented wave of war refugees from that country to the EU. The European Commission's Communication: European solidarity with refugees and those fleeing war in Ukraine (COM(2022) 107 final) presents a framework for humanitarian support for refugees, as well as financial and operational support for their host states and front states - directly bordering the war zone.
The Communication lists the most important lines of action by the EU to protect people fleeing Ukraine.
|Does not apply to workers||Does not apply to businesses||
Migrants or refugees
EU (Council, EC, EP)
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement||No involvement|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Social partners were not involved in the design of the Communication.
The European Trade Union Confederation, in its Resolution of 17 March 2022 , fully supported the measures for refugees, in particular the launch of the Temporary Protection Directive. The reactions from European employers' organizations was also quite positive. SGI Europe welcomed EU’s fast and determined answer for granting a clear legal status which allows immediate protection to the refugees, and further social integration while BusinessEurope confirmed its commitment to cooperation with the European Commission and the other EU economic and social partners as part of the existing EU partnership on refugee integration.
Eurofound (2022), The EU stands in solidarity with refugees from Ukraine, measure EU-2022-11/2339 (measures in European Union), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/EU-2022-11_2339.html
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