The implementation of the Social Investment Package (SIP), giving priority to social investment and the modernisation of the welfare state, was the main focus of discussions during the Third Annual Convention of the Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion.
Recent reforms of pension systems have helped to contain the rise in future cost resulting from ageing populations and increasing life expectancy. These are the findings of the new OECD report Pensions at a Glance 2013. The study presented today in Brussels confirms the European Commission's recommendations set out in the February 2012 White Paper on adequate, safe and sustainable pensions.
A significant number of trainees feel that their working conditions could be improved and that the learning content of their traineeship is insufficient, according to a Eurobarometer survey on the quality of traineeships in the EU published today.
The third Annual Convention of the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion takes place in Brussels on 26-27 November 2013. The focus will be on the implementation of the Social Investment Package (SIP), which urged Member States to prioritise social investment, and commitments for action at EU, national, and regional levels to pursue social policy reforms in this direction.
The joint responsibility of Member States and the EU institutions to uphold EU citizens' rights to live and work in another EU country is underlined in a policy paper just adopted by the European Commission.
With over 14 million EU citizens resident in another Member State on a stable basis, free movement – or the ability to live, work and study anywhere in the Union – is the EU right most cherished by Europeans.
Johannes Hahn and László Andor, European Commissioners for Regional Policy and for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion respectively, have welcomed the European Parliament's vote to endorse reform of Cohesion Policy. Through the European Social Fund (ESF), worth more than €70 billion, Cohesion Policy will provide a significant contribution to EU priorities in the field of employment, education and social inclusion.
The European Commission has decided to refer Ireland to the EU's Court of Justice for not complying with the EU rules on limits to working time for doctors in public health services. In particular, Ireland fails to ensure that in practice these doctors work no more than 48 hours per week on average, including any overtime.
The European Commission has decided to refer Finland to the EU’s Court of Justice for requiring workers applying for unemployment benefits to have worked in Finland for at least four weeks (or four months of self-employment) as a condition to take into account periods of unemployment insurance paid in another Member State.
The European Commission has decided to refer Greece to the EU's Court of Justice for not complying with the EU rules on limits to working time for doctors in public health services. In particular, Greece fails to ensure that these doctors work no more than 48 hours per week on average, including any overtime.
Today the European Parliament voted in favour of the EU's Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for the years 2014 to 2020. The consent of the EP clears the way for the final approval by the Council in the coming weeks.
A proposal to include seafarers within the scope of five EU labour law Directives has been presented by the European Commission.
The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) helped a total of 15 700 workers dismissed due to the economic crisis and the effects of globalisation find new job opportunities in 2012, according to a report adopted by the European Commission.
The biggest challenge now facing Europe's economy is how to sustain the recovery that is now underway. This is the main message of this year’s Annual Growth Survey (AGS), adopted by the Commission.
The latest draft Joint Employment Report, published by the European Commission as an annex to the Annual Growth Survey 2014, analyses employment and social trends and challenges as well as the policy responses deployed by Member States. It serves as a basis for further analysis, surveillance and coordination throughout the so-called European Semester, the EU's yearly economic policy-making cycle.
Now is the time for Member States to put in place the structural reforms and infrastructure to make the Youth Guarantee a reality as soon as possible. This was the message to Member States from European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor to the high-level conference on youth unemployment hosted by French President Fançois Hollande in Paris on 12 November.
Employment continues to grow in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector , with a 2% increase in the number of employees between 2011 and 2012 in 26 EU Member States (Ireland and Croatia are excluded for methodological reasons).
The European Commission has been working with Member States to tackle youth unemployment. The Youth Guarantee is one of the most crucial and urgent structural reforms that Member States must introduce to address youth unemployment and to improve school to work transitions.