The Dutch government’s declared aim is to move from a welfare state to a “participation society” built on citizens’ self-reliance and networking. Large parts of the social security system have been devolved to the municipalities, which are expected to follow an integrated approach to social services, while offering solutions tailored to each individual case. In response, most municipalities have set up Social Community Teams. This Peer Review, held in The Hague, discussed the use of SCTs to combat poverty.
The 2015 winter edition of the Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review shows improvements on the EU labour market.
Two new Flash Reports prepared by the European Social policy Network (ESPN) are now available and provide information on a recent healthcare reform in Cyprus and pension reform in Serbia.
Just when the social partners are about to negotiate on how to better manage age at work, Social Agenda n°43 looks at the pension issue from all angles following the publication of two EU reports, on population ageing and on pension adequacy.
With support from the Youth Guarantee scheme, many young people in Europe have managed to find a job or follow a course which gives their career a boost. This is André's story, from Portugal.
The European Commission has launched a public consultation in the context of ex-post evaluation of the European Social Fund (ESF) during the 2007-2013 programming period.
Europe's population is getting older. As a consequence of this demographic trend and recent pension reforms that increased the statutory retirement age and curtailed early retirement options, the number of older workers aged 55 and above increased by more than 12 million between 2004 and 2014 in the EU28, bringing their total number to 38 million.
Six new Flash Reports prepared by the European Social policy Network (ESPN) are now available and provide information on recent social policy developments in Ireland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Poland, Portugal and Sweden.
The European Investment Fund (EIF) and UniCredit Leasing SIA (UCL) have signed the first loan agreement in the Baltics under Progress Microfinance with funding from the European Union.
Meeting in Dhaka (Bangladesh), the representatives of the EU, US, Canada, Bangladesh and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) – partners committed to the so called Bangladesh Sustainability Compact - assessed the progress and set priorities for further work to improve situation of Bangladeshi textile workers. The meeting was also an opportunity for an open dialogue with stakeholders including trade unions, NGOs, buyers and employers.