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07/01/2016

Review of recent social policy reform - Report of the Social Protection Committee (2015)  (07/01/2016)

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

The 2015 Report of the Social Protection Committee takes stock of recent social policy reforms in the EU. The report sheds light on the key challenges facing EU policymakers in the areas of social inclusion, poverty reduction, Roma inclusion, pensions, health care and long-term care needs, and analyses the reforms introduced to overcome them. It stresses the need for an integrated approach of social protection, covering a citizen’s entire life course, from childbirth and related care through to education, training and employment, family and social life and finally retirement.

This publication is available only in electronic version in English.

15/12/2015

Portfolio of EU social indicators for the monitoring of progress towards the EU objectives for social protection and social Inclusion  (15/12/2015)

Catalog N. :KE-06-14-163-EN-N

This publication reflects the 2015 update of the portfolio of EU social indicators as developed by the Social Protection Committee and especially its Indicators Sub-Group. The indicators aim at monitoring progress towards the EU objectives for social protection and social inclusion. In addition to a list of overarching indicators, four sets of indicators focus on specific topics: social inclusion, pensions, healthcare and long-term care, and child poverty and wellbeing. The lists are continuously being improved as statistics, data collection and policy needs evolve. The indicators are an essential tool to assess the social challenges facing EU countries, identity social trends to watch and support Member States reporting on social policies.

This publications is available only in electronic version.

23/09/2015

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.

01/09/2015

2014 Social Protection Performance Monitor (SPPM) dashboard results  (01/09/2015)

Catalog N. :KE-02-15-585-EN-N

This short summary report presents an overview of recent developments in the social situation in EU Member States, based on the results from the latest edition of the Social Protection Performance Monitor (SPPM). It is produced by the Social Protection Committee as part of its work of monitoring social situations in the Member States. The 2014 dashboard results paint a picture of little improvement in the overall social situation in the EU, with ongoing disparities across Member States and, for some, a worsening situation. Unemployment, poverty and social exclusion again stand out as areas of concern, despite early signs of economic recovery.

This publication is available only in electronic version in English.

21/08/2015

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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10/08/2015

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.

22/06/2015

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, French and German.

08/06/2015

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.