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).
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.
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).
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.
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 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.
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.
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)
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.
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.