The European Commission, under the patronage of President Barroso, hosted a conference in Brussels yesterday on the implementation of the Youth Guarantee. A key message emerging throughout the event was that concerted effort is taking place in Europe to implement the Youth Guarantee in order to ensure that quality employment for young people is part of this economic recovery.
Concerted action by the European Commission has put Roma integration firmly on the political agenda across Europe. The first signs of improvement in the lives of Roma are slowly starting to show, says a new report unveiled today on Member States' progress achieved under the EU Framework for national Roma strategies.
The past decades have seen unprecedented progress in improving women's rights and in increasing opportunities for women in all professional sectors. However this does not mean that equality has been achieved.
In Wales today, EU Commissioner in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, László Andor visited the PUPIL Project in Newbridge Comprehensive School and the GE Aviation apprenticeship, in Nantgarw.
A significant increase in poverty among the working age population is one of the most tangible social consequences of the economic crisis. A gradual reduction of unemployment levels may not be enough to reverse this situation if wage polarisation continues, notably due to a rise in part-time work.
The pan-European job search network EURES would be strengthened to provide more job offers, increase the likelihood of job matches and help employers, notably small and medium businesses, to fill job vacancies faster and better, under a proposal presented by the European Commission.
Homelessness represents one of the worst forms of social exclusion and has devastating consequences for people who suffer from it and for the society as a whole. It is by no means a crime or a lifestyle choice. In the last years, homelessness has risen almost everywhere in Europe, reaching unprecedented levels and affecting many people in society including youngsters, migrants and families with children.
A practical guide on the 'Habitual Residence Test' to help Member States apply EU rules on the coordination of social security for EU citizens that have moved to another Member State has been published by the European Commission.
Today marks the lifting of the last restrictions on the free movement of workers from Bulgaria and Romania. From today, Bulgarian and Romanian citizens are able to fully exercise their right to work in all EU countries without a work permit, a right they have already been exercising in the 20 countries that were not applying transitional measures.
Join Commissioner Laszlo Andor for a Twitter chat on ‘The benefits of free movement of workers in the EU – how the EU is ensuring your rights’.