If they want to experience economic growth again while reducing their unemployment and poverty rates significantly, Member States must focus on investing in people or "human capital" and make the transition from a welfare state to a social investor state. This issue of Social Agenda focuses on the Social Investment Package for Growth and Cohesion which the European Commission put forward on 20 February 2013. It also looks at people's perception of the quality of life, at the skills that will be needed in the near future and at what EU citizenship means in practice. Social Agenda will be available in English, French and German.
The European Job Mobility Bulletin provides an analysis of vacancies posted on the EURES jobs portal by national public employment services. It is pecifically targeted at people looking for work outside their home region/country, and at EURES advisers aiming to help them. It is available online in English only.
The European Vacancy Monitor provides a comprehensive overview of recent developments on the European job market. Data on job vacancies and hiring shed light on trends in occupational demand and skills requirements. It is available online in English only.
A silent revolution is underway in the field of employment and social data collection and analysis, giving a much more vivid picture of what people are going through and how they are evolving over time. This issue of Social Agenda focuses on the methodology of data collection and its political consequences. For the EU to reach its objective of generating inclusive growth by 2020, social policy must be considered not so much in terms of expenditure but rather as an investment in Europe's most precious asset: its own people or, as economists would say, its "human capital". Social Agenda is available in English, French and German.
Freedom of movement is one of the EU’s fundamental freedoms and the Online Journal on free movement of workers within the European Union is an important resource for people looking for information on this subject. Produced twice a year by independent academic experts coordinated by the Radboud University Nijmingen, under the supervision of the European Commission, this issue looks at EU citizen’s rights, and features contributions from three different experts. The first one looks at the issue of purely internal situations, following the Zambrano, McCarthy and Dereci judgments. The second considers the consequences of breaches of Union law by private parties, while the third discusses obstacles to temporary and part-time EU workers, focusing especially on the free movement of EU au pair workers. This online journal is available in English only.
With the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion set to meet for its second annual convention in December, the special feature of Social Agenda Issue 31 focuses on social inclusion and the fight against poverty. It looks at the progress made since the Platform’s inception in 2010, citing practical examples of how EU funding and policy initiatives promote social inclusion, including that of the Roma people, the EU's largest minority. European Commission Social Policies Director, Lieve Fransen explains how social policy should be considered more in terms of front-end investment rather than back-end cost. Issue 31 also features articles on EU support for cross-border traineeships and on the agreements recently signed by the European social partners. Social Agenda is available in English, French and German.
Freedom of movement is one of the EU’s fundamental freedoms and the Online Journal on free movement of workers within the European Union is an important resource for people looking for information on this subject. Produced twice a year by independent academic experts coordinated by the Radboud University Nijmingen, this edition contains three articles: one on labour mobility by EU-8 citizens, another on student mobility and lastly a piece of research on the mobility of social benefits. This online journal is available in English only.
We are not used to seeing employment, social and inclusion issues as very visible components of external relations. Yet they have the potential to trigger historical events such as the Arab Spring. Issue 30 of Social Agenda dedicates a special feature to the social dimension of international relations. It shows how the EU seeks to promote inclusive, sustainable and job-rich growth in the countries that are negotiating their accession to the EU and in those that are further afield, as well as through the free trade and association agreements it signs with the rest of the world and through the active role it plays in international organisations. Moreover, Issue 30 features articles on how the EU is combating youth unemployment, seeks to better protect posted workers and intends to turn EURES into a genuine EU-wide employment and worker mobility instrument. Social Agenda is available in English, French and German.
2012 being the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, Social Agenda issue 29 devotes a special feature to this event. This issue also presents key policy documents which the European Commission recently adopted, on how to concretely achieve a job-rich recovery, keep pensions adequate, safe and sustainable, and anticipate and prepare company restructuring. Further subjects include an EU-funded project on how to boost inclusive entrepreneurship, a cross-border social security coordination project and the social dimension of the Europe 2020 Strategy. On top of regular items, this issue features an interview with Lieve Fransen, European Commission Director for Social Policies and Europe 2020. Social Agenda is available in English, French and German
Issue 28 of Social Agenda has a special feature on the future of cohesion policy. It examines the European Social Fund’s role in youth employment, transnational cooperation and synergies between short- and long-term EU measures. A further feature looks at prospects for the new European Semester. Other subjects include the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012, the Youth Opportunities Initiative, and social security coordination between Denmark and Sweden and. Along with regular items, it features an interview with Commission Deputy Director-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Zoltan Kazatsay. Social Agenda is available in printed format in English, French and German.