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Commission proposes €1.8 million from Globalisation Fund to Belgium 05/05/2016

Commission proposes €1.8 million from Globalisation Fund to Belgium

The European Commission has proposed to provide Belgium with €1.8 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 488 workers made redundant by several manufacturers of construction machinery in the province of Hainaut (Wallonia, Belgium).

Woman at a computer desk 04/05/2016

Part-time work: A divided Europe

An increasing number of Europeans are working part-time. This can be a positive development if it means that people can choose more freely the balance between work and other pursuits – and between income and leisure – or if it brings employment opportunities to people who were previously excluded from the labour market: such as mothers, older workers, and students.

fishing boat  29/04/2016

Commission adopts proposal by social partners to improve the working conditions in the fishing sector

Today, following an agreement by social partners on working conditions in the fishing sector, the European Commission is translating the agreement into a legal proposal for a Directive. In 2013, the EU social partners in the fishing sector reached an agreement, which proposed to align EU law with the 2007 "Work in Fishing" Convention of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Wrinkled hand of an old lady 27/04/2016

Ambitious French Act on adapting society to an ageing population

A new Flash Report prepared by the European Social policy Network (ESPN) has just become available and provides information on the ambitious French Act on adapting society to an ageing population.

Peer Review in Belgium: Housing First 26/04/2016

Peer Review in Belgium: Housing First

Belgium introduced the ‘Housing First’ (HF) model in eight cities to support homeless people with special needs: homeless people move into permanent housing as quickly as possible, and receive intensive social support in their homes whenever needed.

The return of the older worker 20/04/2016

The return of the older worker

The activity (or participation) rate measures the share of working-age people who are in the labour force, including both those in employment and unemployment. There has been a constant growth in activity rates among developed countries during the last decades.

Wooden table with a white paper on, with the title 'Social policy' 19/04/2016

Update on social policies in Lithuania, Luxembourg and Portugal

Three new Flash Reports prepared by the European Social policy Network (ESPN) are now available and provide information on debates about childcare reforms in Lithuania, a new rent subsidy in Luxembourg and draft regulations in Portugal to protect families from losing their homes.

Five road signs with the words 'PROGRESS', 'EURES', 'EaSI', 'Microfinance' and 'Social enterprises' 19/04/2016

Good practices under EaSI funded projects – 4th Commission report

The European Commission published its fourth monitoring report in which it gathers good practices of projects across Europe, which on the one hand focused on the Your First EURES Job (YfEJ) initiative, and on the other on projects relating to employment, social protection and working conditions (the so-called PROGRESS axis of EaSI)

Commission proposes €6.4 million from Globalisation Fund to Greece following the closure of the retail chain Supermarket Larissa 14/04/2016

Commission proposes €6.4 million from Globalisation Fund to Greece following the closure of the retail chain Supermarket Larissa

The European Commission has proposed to provide Greece with €6.4 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 557 former workers of Supermarket-Larissa to find new jobs, and to include 543 young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs) in the actions planned. The proposal now goes to the European Parliament and the EU's Council of Ministers for approval.

Mobile workers and migrants in the EU: huge untapped potentials 13/04/2016

Mobile workers and migrants in the EU: huge untapped potentials

There is no doubt that immigration will stay high on the political agenda in the coming years – and it is important that the issue is debated on the basis of solid evidence.