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Kohti tehokkaampaa aikuiskoulutuspolitiikkaa  (20/12/2016)

Catalog N. :KE-02-16-849-FI-N

Nopeasti muuttuvassa maailmassa menestyäkseen kaikki, myös aikuiset, tarvitsevat monenlaisia tietoja ja taitoja – joita on myös kehitettävä läpi elämän. Eurooppalaisen aikuiskoulutusohjelman tavoitteena on kannustaa yhä useampia aikuisia jatkamaan opiskelua. Tässä tarkoituksessa EU ja jäsenvaltiot ovat ottaneet käyttöön erilaisia strategioita, työkaluja ja toimintapoliittisia aloitteita, joilla pyritään parantamaan aikuiskoulutusmahdollisuuksien tarjontaa, laatua, määrää ja saatavuutta.


Comparative Analysis of the Australian Qualifications Framework and the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning: Joint Technical Report  (16/12/2016)

Catalog N. :KE-06-16-305-EN-N

This report presents the findings of the joint Australia/Europe working group on a comparative analysis of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). The purpose of this report is to analyse and document the technical and conceptual characteristics of the EQF and the AQF in their operational contexts, and systematically identify key elements of their comparability, similarities and differences.


The European Social Fund - Investing in people  (16/12/2016)

Catalog N. :KE-04-16-807-EN-N

This brochure describes how the European Social Fund (ESF) supports people who may otherwise not get the opportunity to attend training, obtain qualifications and get good jobs. Due to its size and scope, the Fund has a big influence on the labour market and society at large. In some countries, around 90% of the actual expenditure for labour market measures comes from the ESF. The Fund is the EU’s main tool for meeting its targets for increasing employment, reducing poverty and improving educational achievement across the Union. The publication explains how the ESF works, and presents results obtained so far from the 2007-2013 funding period and some true-life examples of how it has helped some of the millions of people it supports every year.


Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) - Edition 2016 - Poster  (14/12/2016)

Catalog N. :KE-06-16-177-EN-N

The Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) offers assistance to some of the most vulnerable persons in the EU – every year, it helps over 10 million people. The assistance may take the form of food, clothing and other essentials, accompanied by advice, counselling or other help to re-integrate into society. The FEAD may also finance stand-alone social inclusion activities for the most deprived persons, which are designed to strengthen people’s skills and capacities so that they can overcome difficulties or discrimination they face in everyday life.


Reducing deprivation, supporting inclusion: FEAD case studies  (06/12/2016)

Catalog N. :KE-05-16-038-EN-N

This catalogue presents 28 case studies of Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) implementation across the European Union and encompasses a range of initiatives related to the organisation of food and material assistance schemes, accompanying measures and social inclusion initiatives as well as the manner in which FEAD initiatives can potentially complement other EU-funded (e.g. ESF) programmes.

The catalogue is one of several outputs deriving from knowledge-sharing activities of the FEAD Network in 2016. This community of practice has been established by the European Commission to allow all stakeholders and partner organisations to share tools, ideas and resources that can help with the delivery of FEAD-funded initiatives.


Simplified Cost Options in the European Social Fund - Promoting simplification and result-orientation  (02/12/2016)

Catalog N. :KE-06-16-270-EN-N

Simplified Cost Options (SCOs) change how we reimburse expenditure under ESF projects. Rather than paying on the basis of real costs backed up with invoices and receipts, we pay on the basis of pre-defined standard scales of unit costs, flat rate or lump sum payments. SCOs are proven to reduce the error rate for the programme and also to reduce the administrative burden for Member States and beneficiaries. They can also help put a greater focus on the outputs and results achieved.

This report reviews the current and planned take-up of SCOs. It summarises outcomes for the 2007-2013 period and the regulatory improvements on SCOs for the 2014-2020 period. It presents an overview of the planned implementation of SCOs during the current programming period, and the benefits that national authorities derive from them. Finally, it looks at what else needs to be done to increase the use of SCOs. The results represent the most comprehensive estimate available of the use of the SCOs in the ESF.


Working paper 2/2016 - The coverage rate of income support measures in the EU: measurement and challenges  (28/11/2016)

Catalog N. :KE-EW-16-002-EN-N

Coverage, or the capacity to reach persons in need, is an important element of the effectiveness of social protection schemes. This paper deals with the measurement of coverage rates for income support schemes aimed at replacing the lack of primary income for the working age population, focusing on unemployment benefits and minimum income support.


The EU Youth Employment Initiative - Investing in young people  (25/11/2016)

Catalog N. :KE-06-16-229-EN-N

This brochure describes how the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) supports measures aiming to reduce youth unemployment in the worst affected areas of the EU. It explains the relationship between the YEI and Youth Guarantee schemes, shows how the YEI complements other EU funding instruments such as the European Social Fund (ESF) and highlights the YEI’s achievements so far. The brochure also showcases a selection of the varied projects that are benefiting from YEI funding. Including personal experiences from both project organisers and the young people that took part, these stories demonstrate how YEI support is having a direct and positive impact on the lives of young Europeans across the EU.


REFIT study to support evaluation of the Written Statement Directive (91/533/EC)  (25/11/2016)

Catalog N. :KE-04-16-282-EN-N

This report presents the results of a study analysing whether Directive 91/533/EC on an employer's obligation to inform employees of the conditions applicable to the contract or employment relationship, is still fit for purpose and whether associated costs and burdens are minimised. This exercise was carried out in the context of the European Commission's Regulatory Fitness and Performance programme (REFIT) which aims to make EU law lighter, simpler and less costly.


Study on obstacles to recognition of skills and qualifications  (22/11/2016)

Catalog N. :KE-04-16-945-EN-N

This study has reviewed a wide range of evidence from across the EU in order to clarify the practical obstacles to the recognition of skills and qualifications and their underlying causes, and explore existing and potential solutions at both EU and national level to ensure a fair, efficient and effective recognition of skills and qualifications.

The full study is available online only and in English. An executive summary is available in English, French and German.