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Social Agenda 48 is out – Spotlight on the Social Pillar

The July issue of Social Agenda is all about what the European Pillar of Social Rights means in practice.

Colourful symbolic image, also used on the cover of the report which the news item mentions 04/08/2017

Good practices for social enterprises – Joint Commission and OECD report

The report 'Boosting social enterprise development – Good Practice compendium' contains a rich collection of initiatives aimed at boosting social enterprise developments. It was jointly published by the European Commission Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Kitchen serving food in homeless shelter 31/07/2017

Fund for European aid to the most deprived helped 14 million people in 2015

The Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) supports the most disadvantaged groups in society, by providing food, basic goods such as clothing, footwear and toiletries, or by organising social inclusion activities.


Learning Exchange on ‘Segmentation – tailoring online services for the unemployed’, Manchester, UK, 4-5 December 2017

With the introduction of Universal Credit in the UK, the delivery model financial support for unemployed is radically changing. To ensure that this new delivery model maintains current performance, provides a tailored service for the unemployed and does this without additional resource, it will have to increasingly rely on automation and build a more effective diagnostic approach for caseworkers. Effective and efficient segmentation will be key to deliver this increasingly automated yet tailored approach.

Conceptual picture representing job search, jobs, earning money, degrees, skills 28/07/2017

First full version of the European classification of Skills, Competences, Occupations and Qualifications is live!

The Commission has launched the first full version of the European classification of Skills, Competences, Occupations and Qualifications (ESCO). The classification is available in 26 languages (the 24 EU languages, Icelandic and Norwegian).


Learning Exchange on ‘Improving measures for integration of the long-term unemployed into the labour market’, Zagreb, Croatia, 9-10 November 2017

While Croatia has taken a number of steps to integrate the long-term unemployed (LTU) into the labour market, the rate of unemployment for this group remains high. The Employment Committee (EMCO) has indicated room for improvement, in particular through the involvement of employers, the exchange of information and PES capacity.


Peer Review on ‘Joint operation groups between public agencies – an effective tool to prevent and tackle undeclared work’, Oslo, Norway, 25-26 September 2017

In some sectors undeclared work has increasingly become a challenge. Individuals and businesses that systematically breach legislation have a disruptive effect on all working life. Social fraud, violation of tax regulation and other forms of irregular activities are ever more organised and often contain cross-border elements. Cooperation between national public agencies and across borders is necessary to combat the proliferation of undeclared work.


Peer Review ‘Towards a more dynamic collective bargaining’, Lisbon, Portugal, 23-24 October 2017

Following recent labour market reforms in Portugal, the extension by administrative decision of collective agreements and the expiration or renewal of collective agreements have been contentious issues in the Portuguese industrial/ labour relations debate.

Large cargo ship 27/07/2017

Commission adopts proposal to implement social partners' agreement to improve working conditions of seafarers

Today, the European Commission has adopted a proposal for a Directive which aims at improving the working conditions of seafarers on board EU-flagged vessels.

Fingers art of family. Concept of group of people on vacation. 27/07/2017

Latest update of the MISSOC information (as of January 2017) on national social protection systems now available

Updated information on social protection systems in all EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland – including brief descriptions of their organisation and summaries of the social protection of the self-employed – is now available in English, French and German on our social protection systems page.

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