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A European Unemployment Benefit Scheme - The rationale and the challenges ahead  (23/09/2015)

Catalog N. : KE-02-15-740-EN-N

This working paper constitutes the first deliverable of the study “Feasibility and Added Value of a European Unemployment Benefit Scheme”, commissioned by DG EMPL and carried out by a consortium led by CEPS. The objective of the paper is to frame the debate on a European shock absorber around its origins on the one hand, and its most controversial aspects, on the other.

This publication is available only in electronic version in English.


Report on the European Parliament Preparatory Action on the Youth Guarantee  (21/08/2015)

Catalog N. : KE-02-15-599-EN-N

In 2012 the European Parliament asked the Commission to set up a Preparatory Action to support  Member States in  building Youth Guarantee partnerships and trialling associated services among young people aged 15-24. 18 pilot projects were launched between August and December 2013, with each delivered over a 12-month period. This report offers a detailed review of the Preparatory Action, individual pilot projects funded by it in particular. It explores the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and added value of the pilot projects and presents conclusions related to the organisation and potential of the pilots. An executive summary in six languages (see below) and six individual case studies are also available.

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Policy Brief on Social Impact Measurement for Social Enterprises - Policies for Social Entrepreneurship  (10/08/2015)

Catalog N. : KE-04-15-192-EN-N

This policy brief on social impact measurement for social enterprises was produced by the OECD and the European Commission. It presents the issues and ongoing debates surrounding social impact measurement and provides concrete examples of measurement methods. It highlights the concept of proportional measurement, in other words balancing up the costs and benefits of the measuring process. The policy brief also looks at guidance and resources for use by social enterprises and how to create a more widespread culture of measurement among stakeholders despite their often limited human and financial resources.
This publication is available in electronic format in English, French and German.


European Alliance for Apprenticeships - Good for Youth, Good for Business  (22/06/2015)

Catalog N. : KE-01-15-411-EN-C

Work-based learning, in particular apprenticeships can enhance employability, notably of young people, and help to address the skills shortages to better match companies' needs. Of great benefit to learners and companies alike, these schemes also contribute to Europe's objective of ensuring sustainable growth and employment. This brochure focuses on the European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA) launched in 2013 and addresses the challenges and possible answers of how to strengthen the quality, supply and image of apprenticeships. This is also in line with the new set of medium-term deliverables agreed at European level in the field of VET for the period 2015-2020. The brochure features examples of successful and inspiring apprenticeship and other work-based learning policy initiatives and projects across Europe.

This publication is available in printed and electronic format in English.


Analytical Web Note 2/2015 - Benchmarks for the assessment of wage developments: Spring 2015  (08/06/2015)

Catalog N. : KE-BM-15-006-EN-N

The analysis of wage benchmarks serves as an input for the assessment of wage developments from a cost competitiveness perspective. The analysis shows a significant wage restraint after the crisis, in particular in countries where unemployment is high. These developments have been supportive of both internal and external adjustment needs, in particular over the period 2012-2014.

This publication is only available in electronic format in English.


Analytical Web Note 1/2015 - A descriptive analysis of the EU Labour Market Policy (LMP) Statistics  (08/06/2015)

Catalog N. : KE-BM-15-001-EN-N

This note provides a descriptive overview of the data collected under the EU Labour Market Policy Statistics (LMP) database managed by the European Commission. The analysis in the note covers a number of indicators on expenditure and beneficiaries as contained in the LMP database.1 On the basis of these statistics/ indicators one can analyse for example the structural features between countries: which countries focus more strongly on the so-called active labour market policies and which seem to do focus on support policies / benefits.

This publication is only available in electronic format in English.


The Youth Guarantee - First Successes - The Youth Guarantee on the Ground  (20/05/2015)

Catalog N. : KE-04-15-325-EN-N

In response to the growing number of unemployed youth and those not in employment, education or training (NEETs), the Council adopted the Recommendation on the establishment of a Youth Guarantee (YG) on the 22nd April 2013. With this Recommendation, all Member States committed to ensure all those up to 25 years old would receive a quality offer of employment, education, training or apprenticeship within 4 months of becoming unemployed or leaving school. This publication summarizes developments of the Youth Guarantee across the EU.

This publication is available only in electronic format in English, French and German. (French and German coming soon)


Policy Brief on Sustaining Self-employment - Entrepreneurial Activities in Europe  (08/05/2015)

This policy brief was produced by the OECD and the European Commission on sustaining entrepreneurship activities by entrepreneurs in under-represented and disadvantaged groups. It provides evidence on business survival for entrepreneurs from groups that are under-represented or disadvantaged in the labour market and discusses the obstacles that reduce the chances of survival for these businesses. Policy makers can take action to increase the chances of survival for these businesses, including providing training to boost business management skills, providing coaching and mentoring, facilitating access to finance and provide business development services.
This policy brief is part of a series of documents produced by the OECD and the European Commission on inclusive entrepreneurship. The series includes policy briefs on youth entrepreneurship, senior entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, evaluation of inclusive entrepreneurship programmes, access to business start-up finance for inclusive entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship by the disabled as a well as a report on ‘The Missing Entrepreneurs’. All these documents are available in English, French and German. They are available at