This study provides an evidence-based review of EU countries' strategic choices in the programming of the European Social Fund. This EU-level report was prepared on the basis of 28 country factsheets. The summary analysis aggregates the variables collected in the country factsheets in order to provide EU level figures. This cross-country analysis also allows to compare the solutions adopted by Member States and clusters of Member States and region, and to identify the main trends across the EU.
This report presents examples of projects and organisations across Europe dealing with social protection, social inclusion, employment and labour mobility. All selected project were supported by the Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) as well as its predecessors, the EURES and PROGRESS programmes.
The Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills is a new framework for strategic cooperation to address short and medium-term skills needs in a given economic sector. The publication outlines how stakeholders (businesses, trade unions, public authorities, research, education and training institutions etc.) can apply the framework to address sectoral challenges, illustrating the steps towards delivering sector-specific skills solutions through sectoral partnerships. The Blueprint currently focuses on six pilot sectors including: Automotive; Defence; Maritime Technology; Space (geo-information); Textile, Clothing, Leather & Footwear (TCLF); and Tourism. It will be extended to additional sectors in the future.
Crystalline silica is a mineral naturally abundant and a component of materials used in a wide variety of industries. However, prolonged inhalation of respirable crystalline silica may cause a specific type of lung damage. A multi-sectoral agreement bringing together social partners from 14 sectors was signed in 2006 to protect workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica, minimise the exposure through good practices and increasing the knowledge about potential health effects. This study provides an assessment of the implementation and impact of the agreement.
This leaflet contains useful information on the support that the Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme offers to financial intermediaries providing finance to social enterprises or microloans to entrepreneurs. Find out more about the different instruments available and how to apply. The leaflet is available in English, French and German in print and online.
This evaluation of the European Training Foundation (ETF) analyses the coherence, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the organisation, as well as providing insights as to the effectiveness and added value of its activities. The report shows that ETF effectively shapes the course of vocational education and training developments in partner countries although steps could be taken to further improve effectiveness in certain areas. Proposals are presented for a new intervention logic, as well as general recommendations for the improvement of the agency's functionality.
This practical guide provides an overview of the main obligations and existing tools and resources to help employers applying occupational safety and health rules. It addresses such issues as getting the most out of compulsory risk assessments, preventive and protective measures as well as training with concrete examples, illustrations and useful links.
Synthesis of a research project requested by the European Parliament, commissioned by the European Commission and prepared by a consortium led by the Centre for European Policy Studies.
The research was conducted by a consortium led by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). This consortium examined the macroeconomic impact of 18 European Unemployment Benefit Scheme (EUBS) variants and discussed various ways of dealing with such problems as the risk of permanent transfers across Member States, and incentives for Member States to shift costs of unemployment from the national to the European level or to reduce their investment in labour market integration (institutional moral hazard). Legal and operational issues, at the European and national level are also examined.
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Assessing Social Investment Synergies (ASIS) seeks to develop an evidence-based methodology for analysing the financial, economic and societal returns of social investment policies. This study explores in detail the effects of a selection of social policies in terms of poverty reduction, gender equality, employment, labour productivity and overall GDP growth.
This report presents the findings of the joint Hong Kong/Europe working group on a comparative analysis of the Honk Kong Qualifications Framework (HKQF) and the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). One of the objectives is to enhance understanding and transparency of Hong Kong qualifications in Europe and the understanding in Hong Kong of qualifications linked to the EQF. This is expected to support mobility of learners and workers within and between countries.