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Woman using a stethoscope on a piggy bank 02/09/2015

Persistent poverty in the EU: time matters!

While more and more people experience poverty at some point in their life, a short-lived experience is certainly different in nature than long-term poverty.

Commission signs stability support programme for Greece and assesses its social impact 20/08/2015

Commission signs stability support programme for Greece and assesses its social impact

The European Commission signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Greece for a new stability support programme late on 19 August.

Detail of airplaine motor 07/08/2015

Commission proposes €1.4 million from Globalisation Fund for former workers of Alitalia in Italy

The European Commission has proposed to provide Italy with €1.4 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 184 former workers of Alitalia to find new jobs. Most of the redundancies occurred in the region of Lazio.

30/07/2015

Social protection developments in Germany, Portugal, Switzerland and Estonia

Four new Flash Reports prepared by the European Social policy Network (ESPN) are now available and provide information on the general statutory minimum wage in Germany, the extension of payment exemption for health user charges in Portugal, the creation of national programmes to tackle important problems related to infectious diseases in Switzerland and annual in-work benefit for low-income workers in Estonia.

Man threatening woman with fist 30/07/2015

Social protection developments in Bulgaria, Slovenia, Slovakia and Italy

Four new Flash Reports prepared by the European Social policy Network (ESPN) are now available and provide information on deinstitutionalisation of children in Bulgaria, a new National Housing Programme in Slovenia, the national Helpline for Women Experiencing Domestic Violence in Slovakia and reforms in Italian labour market policies.

Poor child eating bread 23/07/2015

New measures to reduce unemployment in FYR of Macedonia and 2010 Child Poverty Act targets abandoned in the UK

Two new Flash Reports prepared by the European Social Policy Network (ESPN) are now available and provide information on recent developments in social protection in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (MK) and the UK.

Shoemaker cutting and shaping wood 22/07/2015

Almost 30 000 workers supported by the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund during 2013 and 2014

During 2013-14, the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) helped a total of 27 610 workers, who had been dismissed due to the economic crisis and the effects of globalisation, to find new job opportunities.

Social Agenda - The skills imperative 20/07/2015

Social Agenda - The skills imperative

Issue 41 of the Social Agenda magazine is entirely devoted to vocational education and training (VET) and skills.

European Health Insurance Card 20/07/2015

European Health Insurance Card: over 200 million Europeans already carry one

Almost 206 million Europeans already have the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), according to the latest figures available for 2014.

Employees in a power station 17/07/2015

EU labour market developments report: job recovery gains strength

Labour market developments have been improving against the background of a gradual economic recovery in the EU. Unemployment in the EU has continued to fall and job finding rates have modestly improved. However, despite its recent fall, unemployment remains high.