Conditional cash transfers (CCTs) are payments to people who meet certain conditions. CCTs are increasingly being used to encourage families to invest in their children. However, there is limited scientific evidence on the effects of such programmes. The Peer Review in Budapest (October 2015) gave policy-makers thinking of introducing or reforming CCTs the opportunity to share experience and exchange views. This report summarises the key issues discussed and the lessons learned. It is available in electronic format in English, French, German and Hungarian.
This Peer Review, held in Prague (November 2015), discussed Czech family policy at a time of change, and more specifically the future shape of the country’s early childhood education and care. Drawing on the experience of peer countries, international experts, the European Commission as well as local and European stakeholder organisations, it identified a number of practical lessons both for the Czech Republic and for the EU as a whole. This report summarises the key issues discussed and the lessons learned. It is available in electronic format in English, French, German and Czech.
This study looks at possible means to strengthen cooperation at EU level with national associations representing vocational education and training (VET) providers. In particular, it reviews the feasibility of creating a European level network of national associations. The study gathered stakeholders’ perceptions about current arrangements and on establishing a European network. It also presents an illustrative overview of existing organizations at country level (annex). Based on this input, the report compares different options and makes recommendations for actions at EU and national level.
This study assesses the impact of carrying into effect an agreement negotiated by European social partners’ on the implementation of a Convention by the International Labour Organisation on working conditions on fishing vessels.
Since the eruption of the sovereign debt crisis in the Eurozone, substantial efforts have been made to create a new form of governance for the Eurozone that will make the monetary union more robust in absorbing future economic and financial shocks. Much of the drive to adapt the governance of the Eurozone has been influenced by the traditional theory of optimal currency areas (OCA), which stresses the need for flexibility in product and labour markets. As a result, the Eurozone countries have been pushed towards structural reforms that aim to reduce the structural rigidities in product and labour markets. In this paper we ask whether this movement towards structural reform as part of the push for new governance is really going in the right direction. We will argue that this is not the case. The main reason is that the nature of the shocks that have hit the Eurozone does not correspond to the pattern of asymmetric shocks that has been identified by the OCA theory to require more flexibility. We will argue that what is needed in the Eurozone is not more structural reforms but a better mechanism capable of dealing with the classical boom and bust dynamics that are inherent to capitalism.
This paper studies eight countries in which the regulation of unemployment benefits and related benefits and the concomitant activation of unemployed individuals has a multi-tiered architecture. It assesses their experiences and tries to understand possible problems of ‘institutional moral hazard’ that may emerge in the context of a hypothetical European Unemployment Benefit Scheme.
This monitoring report gathers good practices of projects across Europe dealing with working conditions, employment, social affairs and inclusion. One of the selected projects is "The job of my life" project, supporting young persons from Europe in finding an in-house vocational training position in Germany. Another example of good practice is a French project which created info points in selected schools to prepare future graduates integrate the labour market. All selected project were supported by the EURES financial instrument or by the PROGRESS programme.
Arachne is a risk scoring tool developed by the European Commission. It supports managing authorities responsible for the European Structural and Investment Funds by detecting effectively and efficiently the most risky projects, contracts, contractors and beneficiaries. This brochure will give shows the vast possibilities of the Arachne risk-scoring tool and how managing authorities can profit from its innovative and sophisticated features.
This report of the European Social Policy Network (ESPN) highlights and assesses the contribution of minimum income schemes to preventing and alleviating poverty and social exclusion. It also studies to what extent minimum income schemes are effectively linked with other benefits and services so as to support recipients’ inclusion into the labour market.
Designed for practitioners such as social enterprises, investors, social finance intermediaries, market builders and social enterprise support organisations, this publication will guide you step by step through the process of designing and implementing initiatives to develop social finance instruments and markets. You will discover that there is no tried-and-tested formula or recipe and that there are challenges at whatever level you operate. This practical guide provides good examples and practices that you can learn from and adapt to help you avoid possible pitfalls. Checklists and key questions at the end of each chapter will help you summarise what you have learned and move to the next step.