Child poverty and social exclusion is one of the major challenges facing the European Union and in February 2013 the European Commission issued a major Recommendation on “Investing in children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage’. This Synthesis Report has been produced by the Network Core Team of the European Network of Independent Experts on Social Inclusion, on the basis of the independent experts’ reports covering the 28 EU Member States. It brings together the main findings of the country analyses and draws on these and the Core Team’s overall assessment to put forward a series of concrete suggestions for advancing the implementation of the Recommendation at both national and EU levels. The report is available in electronic format in English, French and German. The 28 country reports are available here together with their translation in the national language(s).
The Belgian Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion EU 2020 is designed to feed into the Europe 2020 Strategy, which includes the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion as one of seven flagship initiatives. Since 2011 the Belgian Platform has brought together a wide variety of participants for quarterly meetings. Although the Platform has no real policy making authority, it provides an important forum for open dialogue and increasing awareness of the European framework for fighting social exclusion. This report summarises the key issues discussed and the lessons learned. It is available in electronic format in English, French, German and Dutch.
The EU is working to reduce youth unemployment and to increase the youth employment rate in line with the wider EU target of achieving a 75% employment rate for the working-age population (20-64 years). This leaflet gives an overview of the latest measures proposed by the EU to help Member States specifically tackle youth unemployment and social exclusion. This report is available in electronic format in English, French and German.
Boosting the quality and supply of apprenticeships is part of the EU’s approach to tackling youth unemployment. This leaflet gives an overview of measures under the recently launched European Alliance for Apprenticeships, to help Member States and other stakeholders achieve this aim. The leaflet is available in English, French and German.
The Youth Guarantee is an innovative approach to tackling youth unemployment to ensure that all young people under 25 – whether registered with employment services or not – get a good-quality offer of employment, continued education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship within four months of becoming unemployed or leaving formal education. EU countries endorsed the principle of the Youth Guarantee in April 2013. This leaflet explains how the Youth Guarantee works and why it makes a difference. It is available in English and German. The French version will be available soon.
Many EU countries face the challenge of providing elderly care in the context of shortages of trained personnel. The Peer Review in Berlin (23-24 October) provided the opportunity for peer countries to explore the German approach of recruiting and training non-EU migrants. This report summarises the key issues discussed and the lessons learned. It is available in electronic format in English, French and German.
A Peer Review held in Zagreb (Croatia) in October 2013 focused on how Croatia is aiming to boost this sector through its Strategy for Social Entrepreneurship (2014-2020). This report summarises the key issues discussed and the lessons learned. It is available in electronic format in English, French, German and Croatian.
Members of the EU Network of Independent Experts on Social Inclusion assessed, from a social inclusion perspective, their countries’ National Reform Programmes (NRP) and - when available Social Strategic Reports. In particular, they assessed the extent to which the measures outlined in the NRPs (and SSRs) are likely to ensure progress towards the achievement of the Europe 2020’s social inclusion objectives and target. This short report summarises the main findings of the independent experts’ country analyses. It also puts forward concrete suggestions for strengthening the social inclusion dimension of the NRP process in future. It is available online in English, French and German.
This edition of the annual review of the social situation in the European Union by the Social Protection Committee (SPC) delivers on its core Treaty task to monitor the social situation in the Member States and the EU (art. 160 of TFEU). The report focuses on the results from the latest edition of the Social Protection Performance Monitor with a view to analysing the most recent trends in the social situation in Europe, providing an in-depth review of key challenges and identifying the social trends to watch for 2013. This publication is available in electronic format in English.
EU countries face a common challenge: maintaining and improving the quality of elderly care while ensuring it is both accessible and financially sustainable. A peer review in Stockholm (September 2013) explored the Swedish approach to care reform, and organised a common discussion with peer countries and stakeholders on these topics. This report summarises the key issues discussed and the lessons learned. It is available in electronic format in English, French, German and Swedish.