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Who survives in self-employment? 07/10/2015

Who survives in self-employment?

Promoting self-employment and entrepreneurship has a strong potential to create jobs, strengthen the EU’s innovation capacity and give unemployed and disadvantaged people an opportunity to fully participate in society and the economy (provided they get the necessary support to make the transition).

Older couple standing on coins 05/10/2015

Adequate pensions: new report calls for measures to enable people to work until they reach the pension age

Europe’s pension systems can be expected to deliver adequate pensions also to future generations of retirees provided Member States pursue strong policies to enable as many workers as possible to stay in jobs until they reach the statutory pension age, a new report on pension adequacy shows.

Working moms – 'having it all' not yet a standard in Europe 30/09/2015

Working moms – 'having it all' not yet a standard in Europe

62 per cent of the employment growth before the crisis was due to increased female labour force participation (EU27: 2000-2008). However, there is still plenty of unused work and human capital potential among women.

Labour market institutions: One index to rule them all 23/09/2015

Labour market institutions: One index to rule them all

How well are EU governments doing in terms of labour market rules and policies? Does the quality of their action match labour market outcomes, such as getting a job or moving from a temporary to a permanent contract? Do successful countries have something in common? We created a "super-index" to find out.

Representatives of the EU and South Korea shake hands 21/09/2015

South Korea to improve labour rights under EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement

A comprehensive joint statement on labour rights was adopted during an EU-Korea meeting on 9 and 10 September about trade and sustainable development under the EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

Young people waiting for a job interview 18/09/2015

Re-employment of the long-term unemployed - a pressing European challenge

Despite the decline in unemployment since 2013, long-term unemployment has only now ceased rising and the prospects of returning to jobs for those who have been unemployed for more than one year remain very low.

A young and older man looking through the jobs ads section of a newspaper

Europe takes action to help 12 million long-term unemployed get back to work

The European Commission has proposed guidance today to Member States to better help long-term unemployed return to work.

Young person looking at offers on job board 16/09/2015

The majority of the unemployed in the EU do not receive unemployment benefits

In all EU countries, social security systems are in place to provide a safety net to those who lose their jobs. Much has been said about the generosity of unemployment benefits that may entice workers to stay at home rather than to look for a job, or about the need to make sure that the unemployed receiving benefits also meet obligations to actually look for a job or get training.

Four road signs with the words 'Progress', 'EURES', 'EaSI' and 'Microfinance' 11/09/2015

Performance of the EU Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme in 2014

2014 was the first implementation year of the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI). To ensure a high visibility and to respond to accountability needs, a report has been published on the performance of the EaSI programme, which consists of three axes: the Progress, EURES, and Microfinance and Social Entrepreneurship axis.

Supervisor, white-collar worker and business woman standing in front of a laptop. 10/09/2015

Free movement of workers: challenges and opportunities at local level

Reports from four cities examine the impact of free movement of EU workers at a local level, on the basis of studies conducted in Frankfurt, Leeds, Milan and Rotterdam in 2014/2015.