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The Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion has published a working paper reviewing the current problems in obtaining timely information on social developments within EU countries.
The working paper also reports on a stocktaking exercise of existing national approaches to providing timely social data, as well as the possibilities being explored within the framework of the European Statistical System (ESS) to improve the situation.
Making use of sources of information going beyond the more traditional indicators available to monitor poverty and inequalities, the paper also presents some illustrative, concise overviews which have been developed to produce a consistent and more timely picture of recent social developments in eight Member States particularly affected by the crisis.
In these countries the working age population has been the most affected by the economic downturn and subsequent fiscal consolidation measures. The most recent data also points to a severe deterioration of social trends in a few countries, including the weakening of safety nets.