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Four pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, with many arms around it trying to put the pieces together 27/06/2016

Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioner Thyssen sign joint statement 'new start for social dialogue'

On 27 June, Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue Valdis Dombrovskis together with Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, signed on behalf of the Commission a statement on a 'new start for social dialogue'.

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivering a speech at the 105th International Labour Conference 24/06/2016

Key EU contribution to decent work at the 105th International Labour Conference

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was the guest of honour of this year's International Labour Conference, the supreme body of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), that took place in Geneva over May-June 2016.

Wooden table with a white paper on, with the words 'Social Policy' written on it 22/06/2016

Restructuring the Hungarian social protection system: Evaluation of the 2015 decision to deliver benefits locally

Last year, the Hungarian government introduced an extensive reform of the social protection system, notably separating provisions for income and expense compensation.

Poverty risks since the crisis: are older people winning at the expense of the young? 15/06/2016

Poverty risks since the crisis: are older people winning at the expense of the young?

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).

Worker with top hat sitting at a computer in an office 07/06/2016

Ten actions to help equip people in Europe with better skills

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.

Large group of people seen from above gathered together in the shape of piece of puzzle 02/06/2016

Measures to support the integration of asylum seekers and refugees

On 22 June 2016, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission hosted a Thematic Event under the umbrella of the Mutual Learning Programme addressing the integration of asylum seekers and refugees.

Teenage Girl Using Mobile Phone In Urban Setting  01/06/2016

Young people and the labour market: a tale of two NEETs

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 word 'Income' written on a binder on a desk with euro money calculator blank sheet and pen 31/05/2016

Seminar on Making work pay

With still nearly 6 million more people unemployed in December 2015 than in March 2008, there is a wide consensus in the EU on the importance of expanding employment as the main means of reducing poverty among the population of working age.

Construction worker working with brick and cement. The head of the construction worker is not shown on the picture. 27/05/2016

New European Platform tackles undeclared work

The European Commission joins forces with Member States and stakeholders in a further step to fight social dumping and to ensure fairness on the European labour market.

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.