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The annual review of Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) provides analytical support for EU and national policy actions in pursuit of the Europe 2020 employment and social objectives. It considers the latest available data and provides analysis of key employment and
social developments and challenges in the EU and its Member States.
It aims to contribute to the European Semester and new policy initiatives such as the New Skills Agenda, the European Agenda for the Collaborative Economy, the New Start for Social Dialogue, the Action Plan on the Integration of Third-Country Nationals and the development of a European Pillar of Social Rights.
Labour market policies are financial and practical policies that can help people in disadvantaged groups in the labour market move from inactivity and unemployment into employment or find better fitting jobs. They are varied and include job searching mechanisms, activation interventions and income supports (unemployment benefits). A set of these policies are grouped together as "measures" or activation policies and include training, employment incentives, supported employment and rehabilitation, direct job creation, start-up incentives. The publication provides data on expenditure and participants in the different types of LMP intervention in 29 countries (EU Member States plus Norway) as well as related indicators that are used for monitoring the Employment Guidelines.
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.
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.
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.