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Peer Review in the Netherlands: Social community teams against poverty

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.

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Labour market shows positive signs: highest overall EU employment rate since 2008

The 2015 winter edition of the Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review shows improvements on the EU labour market.

Older couple sitting at a table with a caretaker discussing papers 09/02/2016

Social Agenda – Pensions, disabled people and refugees

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.

Row of computers 05/02/2016

Youth Guarantee in practice: opening doors to a great IT career

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.

Launch of public consultation on the European Social Fund during the 2007-2013 programming period 04/02/2016

Launch of public consultation on the European Social Fund during the 2007-2013 programming period

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.

Different models of work and welfare in ageing Europe 03/02/2016

Different models of work and welfare in ageing Europe

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.

02/02/2016

Social policy developments in Ireland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Poland, Portugal and Sweden

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.

EIF signs first agreement for micro-entrepreneurs in the Baltics under Progress Microfinance 29/01/2016

EIF signs first agreement for micro-entrepreneurs in the Baltics under Progress Microfinance

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.

EU and its partners discuss further steps to ensure better future for Bangladeshi garment industry workers 29/01/2016

EU and its partners discuss further steps to ensure better future for Bangladeshi garment industry workers

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.

Symbolic picture representing international transport with a globe, several vans, an airplane, transport boxes and a clock 28/01/2016

Highlighting progress and shortcomings in 14 countries benefiting from privileged EU market access

The European Commission and the EU High Representative published today the first report on the concrete effects of the GSP+, the EU trade policy instrument devised to encourage third countries to comply with core international standards in the areas of human rights, labour rights, environmental protection and good governance.