The report highlights that the social situation in the EU continues to benefit from the economic recovery and the reform efforts made by Member States in recent years. Of particular note is the continued improvement in the labour market situation, with significant reductions in unemployment, while deprivation and social exclusion are also declining. Nevertheless, the recovery has so far had a rather mixed and sometimes limited impact on the other social indicators, and Europe remains far from reaching the Europe 2020 poverty and social exclusion target. Several trends of concern are still apparent, including the still widening depth of poverty risk in many Member States, the rising trend in in-work poverty risk in several countries, and the still increasing risk of poverty for people in (quasi-)jobless households.
The right of everyone to timely access to affordable, preventive and curative care of good quality is one of the key principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights. This report explores inequalities in access to healthcare in 35 European countries. It shows that important inequalities persist, both between and within countries. Large shares of the EU population, in particular vulnerable groups, face multiple hurdles and do not obtain the care they need.
Many people are struggling to balance work and family obligations. This policy memo provides an overview of policies and initiatives in EU countries supporting family-friendly workplaces. Family-friendly workplaces allow employees flexibility in their working hours and location of work to help them reconcile their domestic and professional responsibilities.
Challenges in long-term care in Europe - A study of national policies 2018
This Synthesis Report produced by the core team of the European Social Policy Network (ESPN) describes the national long-term care provisions in 35 European countries, with a focus on long-term care arrangements for the elderly (65 or over). It analyses the four main challenges which are common to all European countries: the access and adequacy of long-term care provision, the quality of formal home care as well as residential services, the employment of informal carers, and the financial sustainability of national long-term care systems. The report concludes that the 35 countries covered by the ESPN face and will continue to face significant long-term care system challenges and makes a series of recommendations to help overcome them.
The report focuses on the situation of vulnerable children (migrant children, children residing in institutions, etc.) and on the key aspects related to socio-economic disadvantage. It highlights the proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights as the most significant change in child and family policy in 2017.