The most successful and competitive economies in the world are the ones which have the most effective social protection systems, the most developed social partnerships and have started making the transition from the welfare state to the social investment state.
Investing in children, promoting a combination of enabling and activating policies, investing in health throughout life, tackling homelessness at the roots and promoting partnership with all actors concerned: the May issue of the European Commission's Social Agenda magazine (n°33) presents and explains the Social Investment Package for Growth and Cohesion which the Commission put forward on 20 February.
Social Agenda n°33 gives the floor to Dutch economist Anton Hemerijck and explains how social investment will help address the demographic challenge. It also informs about the latest developments in tackling the huge skills mismatch and explains how EU citizenship can help find a job in another EU country.
Some interesting facts and figures that feature in this issue include: