Catalog N. : KE-BC-13-001-EN-N
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. It also presents views on the subject from the Council Presidency and the European Parliament. This fifth volume in the series of Social Guides sets out how the new challenges facing EU countries call for a rethink of our approach to social policies. It outlines the functions of social policies and recent initiatives by the European Commission to support increased ‘social investment’ – benefits and services
that improve people’s skills and capabilities and support people’s inclusion in society. This guide also sets out how the European Union’s social policy guidance is designed and delivered, and how the Commission is supporting Member States in making reforms to improve the adequacy and sustainability of their social policies. The guide will be available as an e-book and in printed format in English, French and German.
Catalog N. : KE-EW-13-002-EN-N
This paper reviews the current problems in obtaining timely information on social developments within
EU Member States, and reports on a stocktaking exercise of existing national approaches to providing
timely social data, as well as the possibilities that are being explored within the framework of the
European Statistical System (ESS) to improve the situation.
It is available online in English only.
Catalog N. : KE-AZ-13-001-EN-N
Investing in the green economy will be key to overcoming the employment crisis in the EU and driving economic
growth. In order for the Commission’s integrated policy approach to work an environmental focus needs to be
prioritised at Member State level as well. This review looks at whether and to what extent national and regional
governments have refocused their policy efforts towards green sectors, and the nature of the policy efforts pursued.
The European policy context for promoting transition to green growth is examined and the types of national/regional
policies and measures identified, before the findings and lessons are summarised.
This publication is available in electronic format (pdf and e-book) in English.
Catalog N. : KE-31-13-666-IT-C
L’Unione Europea si impegna ad offrire supporto agli Stati membri per la creazione di programmi di tirocinio professionale e formazione di qualità, allo
• facilitare il passaggio dalla scuola al mondo del lavoro
• fornire ai giovani le competenze e l’esperienza atte a promuovere l’occupazione sostenibile.
Questa pubblicazione è disponibile in formato elettronico in francese, inglese, tedesco, italiano, spagnolo e polacco.
Catalog N. : KE-BE-12-003-EN-N
This paper considers the impact of social entrepreneurship in European communities, finding that working with such enterprises and helping them develop can result in widespread gains for public budgets. Starting and running such a business can pose a number of problems though, as it must not only overcome entrepreneurial challenges, but also those that arise from the social dimension. The report concludes that promoting policies that create a favourable environment for such entrepreneurs, is crucial for them to fulfil their potential. This brochure is available online in English, German and French.
Catalog N. : KE-BF-13-003-EN-N
The number of people aged 60+ is increasing at a fast rate and the result is a rapid increase in the dependency ratio. Alongside the associated risks for the sustainability of public finances, there are many opportunities as older people represent a valuable asset to society. These were discussed at the Peer Review held in Warsaw in October 2012 and hosted by the Polish Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. Representatives of eight Member States, the European Commission and stakeholder organisations attended the event. This report summarises the key issues discussed and the lessons learned. It is available in electronic format in English, French, German and Polish.
Catalog N. : KE-BC-12-002-EN-C
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. It also presents views on the subject from the Council Presidency and the European Parliament.
The fourth volume in the series describes the vivid world of social economy organisations (such as cooperatives, associations, mutuals and foundations) as well as the more recent phenomenon of social entrepreneurship, i.e. business created to achieve social rather than financial goals. In addition, it illustrates trends towards greater social responsibility among citizens/consumers, for-profit companies and financial institutions. Finally it reviews ways in which European and national policies support the social economy and social enterprise.
The guide is available in printed format in German, Greek, English and French.
Catalog N. : KE-31-13-870-EN-C
The worsening social situation and problems of sustainability of social protection requires action across Europe. The Commission's Social Investment Package guides Member States to modernize their welfare systems by "preparing" people to confront life's risks, thus reducing the need to ‘repair’ the consequences. Harnessing policy
expertise, the reform process, shared ownership with stakeholders and EU funds towards social investment will ensure full implementation. This publication will be available in printed format in English, French and German.
Catalog N. : KE-BF-13-001-EN-N
Combatting poor standards of living amongst children and youth, and promoting social mobility in urban areas with poor living conditions is crucial for breaking the transmission of disadvantage across generations. This report summarises the main outcomes of the Peer Review which addressed the topic of area-based policies to promote good living conditions for children and youth in deprived areas (Oslo, 13-14 November 2012). The Peer Review was hosted by the Norwegian Directorate of Integration and Diversity. Representatives from six Member States, the European Commission and stakeholder organisations took part in the event. This publication is available in electronic format in English, French, German and Norwegian.
Catalog N. : KE-BJ-13-001-EN-N
This Synthesis Report has been produced on the basis of the experts’ reports covering the 27 EU Member States. It starts with an analysis of the extent to which Member States have developed integrated comprehensive strategies. Then, it assesses how effective Member States have been in developing measures under each of the three strands. Next, it looks at the resourcing of active inclusion measures both by Member States and by EU Structural Funds and examines the arrangements in place to monitor their implementation. Finally, it synthesises the suggestions made by the experts to strengthen the implementation of the Active Inclusion Recommendation at both national and EU levels. This publication is available in electronic format in English, French and German.