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08/03/2016

Commission launches a public consultation on the European Pillar of Social Rights

Today, the European Commission presents a first concrete outline of the European Pillar of Social Rights announced by President Juncker in September last year and launches a broad public consultation to gather views and feedback from otther European institutions, national authorities and parliaments, social partners, stakeholders, civil society, experts from academia and citizens.

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First orientation debate on the European Pillar of Social Rights

Today the College of Commissioners held a first orientation debate on establishing a European Pillar of Social Rights. It should be a self-standing reference document, of a legal nature, setting out key principles and values shared at EU level.

Ready for the Demographic Revolution? Measuring Active Ageing 14/01/2016

Ready for the Demographic Revolution? Measuring Active Ageing

Across the EU, the number of older people is increasing – particularly fast, when it comes to people over 80 – and the number of young and working-age people is decreasing. Many regard this as a problem, particularly if they see older people as a burden.

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22/12/2015

Launch of public consultation on the review of the European Disability Strategy

The European Commission is launching a public consultation today on the mid-term review of the European Disability Strategy (2010-2020).

Small kids in a classroom 16/12/2015

Childcare for all: making early childhood education and care more accessible and inclusive

Access to early childhood education and childcare (ECEC) is important for promoting equal opportunities of children as well as for facilitating work-family balance of parents and especially labour market participation of mothers of small children.

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02/12/2015

Commission proposes to make products and services more accessible to the disabled persons

The European Commission today proposed a European Accessibility Act, which will set common accessibility requirements for certain key products and services that will help people with disabilities at EU level to participate fully in society.

Woman checking a piggy bank with a stethoscope 25/11/2015

Inclusive growth? Varying trends in disposable household income over the last decade

The economic crisis has put income inequality high on the political agenda. Thomas Piketty's "Capital in the 21st century" made the topic also a subject of coffee breaks, while Wilkinson and Pickett's "The Spirit Level" illustrated how inequality is associated with various social ills in our societies.

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.

Elderly woman with a dog in countryside 14/10/2015

Why older women are much more exposed to the risk of poverty than older men

Europe is ageing. More than 130 million people in the European Union, or about a quarter of the total population, receive a pension. By and large, the national pension systems make sure that older citizens receive a stable income after the end of their working life and are not threatened by poverty. In fact, the risk of being poor in the EU is lower among the elderly above age 65 as compared to the population below age 65.

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.


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