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EU action in employment, social affairs and inclusion touches all citizens in their everyday lives: helping new entrepreneurs, supporting young people to find a job, making sure you enjoy free emergency healthcare while abroad, and much more. Read how Nina, Tomasz, Jeanne and Daniel benefited from EU support and see which opportunities are open to you.
This publication will be available in all EU languages in print and online
Social enterprises are long-standing agents of inclusive growth and democratisation of the economic and social spheres, and they have proved resilient to economic adversity all the while addressing socio-economic challenges in innovative ways, re-integrating people back to the labour market, and contributing to overall social cohesion. This compendium derives policy lessons for boosting social enterprises from the analysis of 20 initiatives in several EU member-countries, covering a range of policy areas from legal frameworks, finance, market access, and support structures, to education and skills.
This publication is only available in electronic format in English. German and French versions will follow.
Economic and labour market transformations in Europe have led to an increase in non-standard work and new forms of self-employment as well as an upsurge in transitions from one labour market status to another — with great variations between countries, sectors, age groups and gender. In this context, European social protection systems are facing growing challenges in covering social risks for these workers.
This Synthesis Report produced by the core team of the European Social Policy Network (ESPN) describes the social and labour market situation of the self-employed and non-standard workers in 35 European countries. It also analyses their statutory and effective access to the main social protection schemes, and identifies recent national reforms aimed at extending their social protection.
The report draws on the national Thematic Reports prepared by the 35 ESPN Country Teams.
The Access City Award is the European prize for making cities more accessible to people with disabilities and older people. The city of Chester (UK) was awarded first prize in 2017 for its dedication in ensuring that the city and its beautiful medieval walls can be enjoyed by as many people as possible. Find out more good practices from the cities of Rotterdam (Netherlands), Jūrmala (Latvia), Lugo (Spain), Skellefteå (Sweden), Alessandria (Italy) and Funchal (Portugal) in this brochure.