The Social Europe guide is a bi-annual publication aimed at providing an interested but not necessarily specialised audience with a concise overview of specific areas of EU policy in the field of employment, social affairs and inclusion. It illustrates the key issues and challenges, explains policy actions and instruments at EU level and provides examples of best practices from EU Member States.
Volume 8 looks at EU employment policy, underpinned by the European Employment Strategy. It highlights major initiatives to tackle the disruptive effects of the economic crisis, notably the Europe 2020 Strategy and the European Semester. The guide also covers new initiatives to tackle EU unemployment or social disparities, such as the Employment Package, Youth Employment Package, and the scoreboard of key employment and social indicators. There is also a focus on promoting labour mobility, enhancing dialogue with social partners, and plans to complete Europe’s monetary union by introducing a common fiscal capacity.
The guide will be available in printed and electronic format in English, French and German.
The EU is supporting Member States to develop high quality apprenticeship and traineeship programmes to:
• make the school-to-work transition easier
• equip young people with the right skills and experience for sustainable employment.
This publication is available in electronic format in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Polish.
The social dimension of the Europe 2020 strategy - A report of the Social Protection Committee (2011) - Summary
The Social Protection Committee (SPC), a policy forum for Member States and the European Commission, has produced its 2011 Report on the social dimension of the Europe 2020 Strategy. This leaflet summarises the Report, introducing the SPC work, describing EU poverty and social exclusion targets and analysing the state of play and trends in this area. It goes on to examine poverty reduction and prevention policies and outlines key messages adopted by the SPC. Selected national programmes and EU instruments for tackling poverty and social exclusion are also detailed. The leaflet is available in all 23 official EU languages.
An Agenda for new skills and jobs - A European contribution towards full employment
The EU initiative "An Agenda for new skills and jobs" forms part of the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. A key aim of Europe 2020 is to ensure that 75 % of men and women aged 20-64 are in employment by 2020. The Strategy also aims to cut the number of early school leavers to 10% and increase the number of young people in higher or equivalent vocational education to at least 40%. The Agenda proposes thirteen actions which will contribute to improving the functioning of Europe's labour market. They will help to increase job flexibility and security, provide incentives to invest in training, ensure decent working conditions and facilitate job creation. This publication is available in printed format in English, French and German.