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23/01/2017

Commission prepares next steps towards European Pillar of Social Rights

Today, the European Commission is taking a further step towards establishing a European Pillar of Social Rights with a high level conference in Brussels. Detailed proposals will follow shortly.The European Commission also announced it would co-host an EU Social Summit with Sweden later this year.

Theodora in her office checking a folder in front of her computer
12/01/2017

The Youth Guarantee in practice: Theodora’s traineeship leads to employment

Having studied banking, insurance and social security at university, Theodora Dobreva was looking forward to putting what she’d learned to good use in her career. Instead, she found herself working basic and low-paid jobs in fields that didn’t interest her. “I was disappointed because this wasn’t what I had studied for,” she says.

Two men sitting on a wooden scaffold in front of a building
10/01/2017

Commission launches new initiative to improve health and safety of workers

Today the European Commission is taking action to promote Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in the EU.

The European Social Fund has helped almost 10 million Europeans to find a job between 2007 and 2014
05/01/2017

The European Social Fund has helped almost 10 million Europeans to find a job between 2007 and 2014

Today, the European Commission has published an evaluation report of investments under the European Social Fund (ESF) during the 2007-2013 period, with specific reports for each Member State.

Commissioner Marianne Thyssen with two award winners during the Vocational Skills Week
23/12/2016

Over 700 000 participants during first Vocational Skills Week

The first European Vocational Skills Week (5-9 December) closed with an estimated 702,250 people taking part in more than 900 activities across Europe.

Hands holding coins from which a little plant is growing 22/12/2016

EIF and European Commission launch new capacity building initiative for micro-credit and social finance providers

The European Investment Fund (EIF) and the European Commission are announcing a new initiative to help micro-credit and social enterprise finance providers develop their businesses under the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI).

Youngsters representing different jobs, such as carpenter, office clerk or flower seller. 22/12/2016

December issue of Social Agenda is now out

The December 2016 issue of the Social Agenda magazine has very much to do with the impact EU employment and social policy is having, concretely, on the ground.

Builder worker with pneumatic hammer drill equipment breaking asphalt at road construction site 20/12/2016

2016 Review of Employment and Social Developments in Europe highlights more employment, less poverty and a changing world of work

The latest annual review of Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) published today shows encouraging results. Around 3 million jobs have been created and employment has risen, pushing back poverty. However, unemployment remains high, with huge disparities across Member States. Labour markets and societies will need to adapt to new forms of work.

Big fishing net of a fishing vessel 19/12/2016

Commission welcomes Council adoption of Directive improving the working conditions in the fishing sector

The European Commission welcomes today's adoption by the EU's Council of Ministers of the Directive which aims at improving the working conditions in the fishing sector.

Goda in her own fashion business with sunglasses in the background
19/12/2016

The Youth Guarantee in practice: practical experience helps Goda launch her own business

Goda Tokere is the founder of Oh My Goda, a successful fashion company. She’s also one of a growing number of young Lithuanians that have been able to develop skills, gain experience and access new careers through the Youth Guarantee scheme.