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20/05/2016

Ensuring completeness of ESCO through comparison with national occupational classifications

The Commission currently prepares the final draft of ESCO in the English reference language.

Household incomes in a decade of economic turbulence 18/05/2016

Household incomes in a decade of economic turbulence

In Europe’s highly developed welfare states, disposable household income depends not only on households’ revenues from gainful activities and capital – and hence economic activity – but also on tax and benefit systems which play a major role.

Commission proposes to protect workers better from cancer-causing chemicals
13/05/2016

Commission proposes to protect workers better from cancer-causing chemicals

Cancer is the first cause of work-related deaths in the EU, accounting for 53% of the total. The number of deaths attributed to occupational cancer in the EU is reported to be around 102,000 per year.

Commission proposes €1.8 million from Globalisation Fund to Belgium 05/05/2016

Commission proposes €1.8 million from Globalisation Fund to Belgium

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).

Woman at a computer desk 04/05/2016

Part-time work: A divided Europe

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.

fishing boat  29/04/2016

Commission adopts proposal by social partners to improve the working conditions in the fishing sector

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).

Wrinkled hand of an old lady 27/04/2016

Ambitious French Act on adapting society to an ageing population

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.

Peer Review in Belgium: Housing First 26/04/2016

Peer Review in Belgium: Housing First

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 return of the older worker 20/04/2016

The return of the older worker

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.

Wooden table with a white paper on, with the title 'Social policy' 19/04/2016

Update on social policies in Lithuania, Luxembourg and Portugal

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.