One of the legacies of the crisis is an increased number of people at risk of poverty. These are people with household incomes below 60% of the median income in their country. The share of people at risk of poverty (or the ‘at-risk-of-poverty rate’, AROP) increased from 13.5 per cent in 2007 to 15.9 per cent in 2014 among the working-age population (20-64 years old) – a rise of almost 20% (EU average excluding Croatia and Malta).
The Commission has adopted a new and comprehensive Skills Agenda for Europe today. The aim is to ensure that people develop a broad set of skills from early on in life and to make the most of Europe’s human capital, which will ultimately boost employability, competitiveness and growth in Europe.
Those suffering the most from the great recession of 2009 were arguably young people. Many of those leaving school to enter the world of work saw their chances on the labour market dramatically reduced. From 2008 to 2013, the employment rate for the 15-24 age group dropped from 37.3% to 32.1%. Over the same period, the unemployment rate increased from 15.9% to reach the historical peak of 23.7% in 2013.
The 24th European Social Services Conference (ESSC) will explore how public services can collaborate more effectively with local communities and their citizens in combatting poverty and social exclusion.
On 20 June the European Commission is launching the New Skills Agenda for Europe to boost human capital, employability and competitiveness, adopted on 10 June 2016.
The Work Forum on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN Convention) is meeting in Brussels on 10 June.
EU cities are invited to participate in the seventh edition of the Access City Award - The European Prize for making cities more accessible to people with disabilities and older people.