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Pregnant woman with baby working on a computer 18/11/2015

New start for working parents and caregivers: Commission launches public consultation on work-life balance

The European Commission has today launched a public consultation on how to improve work-life balance and reduce obstacles to women's participation in the labour market, thereby contributing to the employment headline target of the Europe 2020 Strategy.

Young man looking at board with job ads 07/09/2015

Integration of long-term unemployed into the labour market: report on Member State progress

A report commissioned by the European Commission from the European Social Policy Network of independent experts (ESPN) published today shows an inadequate response in the Member States regarding the reintegration of the long-term unemployed.

Woman using a stethoscope on a piggy bank 02/09/2015

Persistent poverty in the EU: time matters!

While more and more people experience poverty at some point in their life, a short-lived experience is certainly different in nature than long-term poverty.

Modernisation of social protection systems: Stocktaking report on Member States progress on social investment reforms 23/04/2015

Modernisation of social protection systems: Stocktaking report on Member States progress on social investment reforms

A report commissioned by the European Commission to the European Social Policy Network of independent experts published today shows that Member States have made progress in implementing reforms toward social investment but there still a lot to be done for the modernisation of the social protection systems across the European Union.

Social Investment Package: taking stock of achievements one year on 21/02/2014

Social Investment Package: taking stock of achievements one year on

A series of steps have been taken by the European Commission and EU Member States in the 12 months following the Commission's adoption of a comprehensive strategy for structural reforms in social policy to help Member States better protect and invest in people: the Social Investment Package (SIP).

Roma boy 09/12/2013

First ever EU legal instrument for Roma inclusion adopted

All 28 EU countries today committed to implementing a set of recommendations, proposed by the European Commission, to step up the economic and social integration of Roma communities.

A family running together in a forest 07/11/2013

Tracking quality of life in Europe – new analysis by the Eurofound

The third wave of the European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) records many aspects of the quality of life in Europe in 2011-12. These include social, economic, environmental and work-related elements, as well as subjective well-being and the quality of society. Together they make up a multidimensional picture of quality of life relevant to policymaking within the EU.

Teacher helping student with car engine 30/10/2013

Social Agenda – Innovation is also valid for employment and social policy

Innovation can help promote inclusive growth, fight against poverty, ensure a successful transition to a green economy and implement the youth guarantee, says the November issue of Social Agenda.

A couple in the middle of a crowd 02/10/2013

The future of the Economic and Monetary Union: Commission proposes ideas to deepen social integration

The European Commission has proposed to create a new scoreboard to allow for better and earlier identification of major employment and social problems in the framework of the European Semester, the EU's yearly economic policy-making cycle.

Child-minder reading to a group of toddlers at a nursery 23/05/2013

Social investment explained in latest issue of Social Agenda magazine

The most successful and competitive economies in the world are the ones which have the most effective social protection systems, the most developed social partnerships and have started making the transition from the welfare state to the social investment state.


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