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Sofia Fernandes

Sofia Fernandes

Senior Research Fellow. Economic and social affairs

Sofia Fernandes is Senior Research Fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute since January 2010 where she works mainly on research projects related to the European Employment and Social Policies, the European Economic Governance, the Euro area sovereign debt crisis and the Single Market. Sofia Fernandes is also associate professor at the European School of Political and Social Sciences of the Catholic University of Lille (ESPOL) where she lectures a course on the ‘European economic governance’. Since January 2013, she collaborates regularly with the European Institute for Public Administration (EIPA) through contributions in training programmes on the Economic and Monetary Union for European and national public servants.

Her recent publications include a study on “Deepening the EMU: how to maintain and develop the European Social Model” as well as a number of policy papers, articles and synthesis on Social Europe, EMU governance and the sovereign debt crisis.

Before joining the Jacques Delors Institute, Sofia Fernandes was responsible for international cooperation at the Portuguese Institute for Quality - Ministry of Economy (2008-2009). In 2007, in the context of the Portuguese presidency of the EU, she worked as a deputy counsellor for competitiveness at the Permanent Representation of Portugal to the EU. From 2005 to 2007 she was a training and information officer at the Jacques Delors European Information Centre (CIEJD) in Lisbon. From 2007 to 2009 she continued to work with the CIEJD as a trainer on the history of European integration, the European institutions, the Lisbon Treaty and the Lisbon Strategy for Growth and Jobs.

Sofia Fernandes completed her degree in European Studies at the University of Lisbon and holds a Master degree in International Relations from the Higher Institute of Social and Political Science in Lisbon (ISCSP). She also holds a diploma in Economics from the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE) thanks to which she could join the PhD programme in Economics from the Higher Institute of Economics and Management in Lisbon (ISEG). She has also studied, as part of the Erasmus programme, at the University of Bologna.


- The Gothenburg Summit and the European Pillar of Social Rights: Towards a Social "Triple A" ? - Posted Workers: How to Ensure a Fair Mobility? - Social Investment and Juncker Plan - Making the Energy Transition a European Success - Extending Erasmus: a new impetus for youth mobility in Europe - Making Social Europe a Reality for European Citizens - Is there such a thing as "Social Europe"? - Access to social benefits for EU mobile citizens: “tourism” or myth? - Erasmus Pro: for a million "young European apprentices" by 2020 - Our 2015 annual Report - Internal devaluation and unemployment: the case of Portugal - Improving EMU: Our recommendations for the debate on the five presidents report - The Juncker Commission: emerging from the economic crisis, averting a political crisis - Employment, mobility and social investment: three key issues for post-crisis social Europe - National budgets and European surveillance: Shedding light on the debate - What political lessons should we learn from the Troika experience? - Adjustment programmes in the euro area: mission accomplished? - Who calls the shots in the euro area? "Brussels" or the member states? - The "stupidity pact" is not stable - What kind of Social Europe after the crisis? - Completing the Economic and Monetary Union - Deepening the EMU: How to maintain and develop the European social model? - Endowing the EMU with a Social Dimension - What are the economic and social issues of the 2014 European elections? - A social dimension for the EMU: why and how? - Towards a more social Europe? - What balance between austerity and growth in the euro zone? - Completing the Euro: A road map towards fiscal union in Europe - European guarantees to get out of the crisis? - The budgetary cost of solidarity in the euro zone: getting things clear and into perspective - Solidarity within the Eurozone: how much, what for, for how long? - Syntheses of the meetings of Notre Europe - Jacques Delors Institute's European Steering Committee - The European Semester: only a first step - Europe 2020 : l'urgence d'impliquer les porteurs de stratégie - How to reform CAP to improve agriculture's contribution to the Europe 2020 Strategy?
- Aulnay-sous-Bois, 16 December 2017 - Active Citizens Forum - Budapest, 30 November 2017 - Social Union in Europe: Challenges, opportunities and imperatives - Brussels, 23 November 2017 - First European Business-Education summit - Luxembourg, 21 October 2017 - Europe: Changing the economic and social framework - Paris, 10 October 2017 - Posted workers: How to guarantee a fair mobility? - Créteil, 28 September 2017 - Social Europe: utopia or reality? - Paris, 28 September 2017 - What future for a Social Europe? - Paris, 14 September 2017 - The future of Europe and the social dimension of the EU - Bruges, 13 July 2017 - Just a transition or a just transition? Jobs, skills, energy poverty - Paris, 7 July 2017 - The social dimension of the EU - Dijon, 8 June 2017 - Encouraging the mobility of apprentices - Grenoble, 24 May 2017 - Social Europe: dream or reality? - Paris, 23 May 2017 - What contribution from the citizens and trade unions for the Europe we want ? - Paris, 13 May 2017 - Faites l'Europe - Paris, 9 May 2017 - Movie-Debate "It's a free world" - Paris, 27 March 2017 - Social investment and the Juncker plan? - Brussels, 27 February 2017 - Social Policy in the EU - state of play 2016 - Brussels, 8 December 2016 - Mobility in VET and apprenticeships - Brussels, 24 November 2016 - Skilling up the next generation for an Innovative Europe - Paris, 18 October 2016 - The EU and social investment policies - Paris, 14 October 2016 - The European pillar of social rights, which Social Europe ? - Marseille, 26 mai 2016 - Dialogue on Europe - Paris, 23 April 2016 - France and Germany in tomorrow's Europe - Brussels, 11 February 2016 - Deepening the EMU: the proposals of the Five Presidents' Report - Brussels, 6 May 2015 - Social dimension of EU integration: cohesion and convergence - Paris, 1 May 2015 - The EU at the service of its citizens? - Brussels, 4 March 2015 - The social investment, a key issue for the new Commission - Paris, 18 February 2015 - The future of Greece in Europe - Paris, 3 February 2015 - The Greek debt and Europe - Brussels, 19 January 2015 - Avoiding a "lost generation": the EU vs the youth unemployment? - Brussels, 1 July 2014 - Social developments in the European Union 2013 - Berlin, 12 April 2014 What kind of Europe do we want? - Brussels, 10 April 2014 - The implementation of "Memoranda of Understanding" in the Euro area - Evry, 4 April 2014 - Employment and globalisation, the challenges of the EU - Paris, 3 April 2014 - Grandparenthood in Europe : social issues in the 21st century - Paris, 18 February 2014 - Towards a social, economic and monetary Europe? The social pillar of EMU - Brussels, 29 January 2014 - An economic, fiscal and banking union in the Euro area - Brussels, 17 December 2013 - The social dimension of EMU - Paris, 11 December 2013 - The single market: 20 years later - Paris, 10 December 2013 - The social consequences of the crisis in the Euro area - Brussels, 3 December 2013 - Which Social Europe after the crisis ? - Ljubljana, 25 and 26 November 2013 - Deepening the Economic and Monetary Union - Brussels, 6 November 2013 - The Europe 2020 strategy for an intelligent, sustainable and inclusive growth - Lisbon, 6 and 7 September 2013 - The New Social Contract: Reform of the State in EU countries - Brussels, 16 July 2013 - Seminar on European economic governance - Otzenhausen, 16 and 17 May 2013 - 15th Franco-German Dialogue - Brussels, 13 February 2013 - Seminar on European economic governance - Otzenhausen, 6 and 7 May 2010 - 15th Franco-german Dialogue "Thinking tomorrow's Europe" - Budapest, 8 March 2010 - EU 2020 Strategy - Madrid, 2 and 3 march 2010 - Facing the jobs crisis: is the European employment strategy up to the challenge?
- The European core of Social Rights - Sofia Fernandes in La Libre - A European basic set of social rights - Sofia Fernandes in Toute L'Europe - What story for Social Europe ? - Sofia Fernandes in Union Sociale - Shall we call into question the worker's mobility in th EU ? - Sofia Fernandes on Europe 1 - Posted workers : "The principal issue is the fight against abuse and fraud. " - S. Fernandes in DNA - The issue of the revision of the Posted Workers Directive - S. Fernandes in Le Progrès - The revision the Posted Workers Directive - Sofia Fernandes on RFI - The referendum in Italy is not comparable with the Catalan crisis - Enrico Letta on RTL - Sofia Fernandes in l'Express about the question of Social Europe, an answer to Euroscepticism? - Sofia Fernandes in La Croix about Social Europe - Sofia Fernandes in La Croix about the"European core of social rights" - Our Policy paper about the Monetary Union on Pagina99 - Sofia Fernandes in the Huffington Post "L'Europe sera sociale ou ne sera pas" - Sofia Fernandes on the : Un "Erasmus Pro", pour combattre le chômage des jeunes - Claire Versini and Sofia Fernandes in the Huffington Post on Europe and youth - Sofia Fernandes in La Croix about the directive on posted workers - Our working group on youth employment in the Frankfurter Rundschau - Our working group on youth employment in Le Monde: "Un Erasmus pour les jeunes apprentis" - Our working group on youth employment in The Guardian to promote an "Erasmus Pro" program - Sofia Fernandes on France 24 about Greece and Eurogroup - Sofia Fernandes quoted in the newspaper Expresso about the greek debt - Sofia Fernandes in la Croix about the Stability Pact - Sofia Fernandes in the Huffington Post: "L'UE, la France et les budgets nationaux" - Sofia Fernandes quoted in la Croix: "L’Europe peut-elle sanctionner la France pour son budget ?" - Sofia Fernandes on RFI about the national budgets discussed in Brussels - Sofia Fernandes in Challenges about the amendment of the voting system in the ECB's Governing Council - Sofia Fernandes Sic Notícias about the nomination of the new President of the European Commission - Sofia Fernandes in Pélerin : "La crise crée une situation d'urgence" - "Vprašanja pred volitvami o »neumnem paktu«, ki ni stabilen" : Y. Bertoncini & S. Fernandes on - Yves Bertoncini and Sofia Fernandes in the Huffington Post: «The 'Stupidity Pact' is not stable» - Sofia Fernandes on the RCF to debate about the european economic governance - Sofia Fernandes quoted in the italian Newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore about Social Europe - Sofia Fernandes and Kristina Maslauskaite in l'Agefi "Pas d’euro crédible sans pilier social" - Sofia Fernandes on Europe 1 about the demonstrations in Portugal - Jacques Delors and Sofia Fernandes pladge on the Huffington Post for a social dimension of the EMU - Sofia Fernandes interviewed by the French free newspaper 20 minutes on the Portugal situation - Sofia Fernandes and Kristina Maslauskaite in the AGefi about the social dimension of the UEM - Sofia Fernandes in the newspaper 20 minutes on the crisis in Portugal - Sofia Fernandes on the Portuguese national television, SIC Noticias, to explain the economic situation in Europe - Sofia Fernandes mentionned in the Portuguese Magazine Visao to analyse the unemployment of the young population - Sofia Fernandes on RFI to paint a portrait of the new president of the euro-group - Sofia Fernandes in La Razon to talk about Jean-Claude Juncker - Sofia Fernandes speaks about the time after Jean Claude Junker on RFI - Sofia Fernandes in on the Solidarity in Europe - Eulalia Rubio and Sofia Fernandes in Cinco Dias on the Solidarity in the Euro zone - Notre Europe in The Financial Times on the Solidarity in the Eurozone - Sofia Fernandes signs for Dossier europa an article on Youth Unemployment
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