EU funds offer considerable potential for bolstering Roma inclusion, but bottlenecks at national, regional and local levels are limiting their effective use.
As part of its review of the EU working time Directive, the Commission has launched the mandatory second stage of consultation with workers' and employers' representatives at EU level.
The closing event of the 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion will take place on 16 and 17 December in Brussels, in the Charlemagne Building. Commissioner Andor will participate in the plenary session from 9h35 to 10h30 on 17 December.
The report analyses pension systems in the EU, assesses the pension reforms in the light of aggravated challenges and develops an updated agenda for delivering adequate and sustainable pensions.
The Council discussed the draft directive on maternity leave and adopted conclusions on: gender equality, the social dimension in the framework of the Europe 2020 Strategy, adequate and sustainable pensions. Ministers adopted a general approach on a draft decision declaring 2012 as the year of active ageing and a declaration to mark the closing of the 2010 European Year.