The European Social Policy Network (ESPN) was established in 2014 to provide the Commission with independent information, analysis and expertise on social policies.
In particular, the ESPN supports the Commission in monitoring progress towards the EU social protection and social inclusion objectives set out in the Europe 2020 strategy, including lifting at least 20 million people out of poverty and social exclusion, and in the European Semester.
The ESPN provides the Commission with:
The ESPN assists the Commission and participating countries in:
The ESPN brings together into a single network the work previosly carried out by:
It also acts as the secretariat to the MISSOC (Mutual Information Systems on Social Protection).