Last year, the Hungarian government introduced an extensive reform of the social protection system, notably separating provisions for income and expense compensation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Active Ageing Index (AAI) measures to what extent the potential of older people is used to contribute to the economy and society through paid and unpaid activities and through living independent, healthy and safe lives. Developed within a joint management project of the European Commission and the UN Economic Commission for Europe, the AAI was first applied to EU Member States at the national level in 2012. This Peer Review discussed the possible application of the AAI at local level and was held in Germany which has been piloting a feasibility study on calculating an AAI at the local level.