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Focus on social services and children in new Flash Reports about Romania and the Czech Republic

Three new Flash Reports prepared by the European Social policy Network (ESPN) have just become available and provide information on recent policy initiatives in Romania and the Czech Republic.

Several refugees trying to look over a wall 26/05/2016

Social Agenda n°44– Integrating refugees

Ahead of the European Commission adopting an action plan on the integration of third country nationals (i.e. from outside the EU), this new issue of Social Agenda looks at the refugee issue from an employment, social affairs and inclusion angle.


Citizenship and migration legislation in Italy

A new Flash Report prepared by the European Social policy Network (ESPN) has just become available and provides information on recent debates in Italy regarding citizenship and migration legislation.

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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 other European institutions, national authorities and parliaments, social partners, stakeholders, civil society, experts from academia and citizens.

Neoclassical pillar supporting a roof 27/01/2016

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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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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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.

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