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French families and families from EU countries legally residing in France with at least three children under 18 years old can benefit from a card offering a range of discounts. The card is called a ‘Carte Familles Nombreuses’. Under the scheme, each member of the family has their own card. The management fee for processing applications comes to €19, which the family must pay. This amount stays the same however many cards are issued to the family.
The German subsidiary of the sports goods supplier adidas has been offering its employees the chance to put their children in sports camps during their summer holidays since 2003. This is one of many offerings the adidas group in Germany offers its employees.
The 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion (EY2010) is supporting the work of the EU and its Member States to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by vulnerable groups in society.
The term white jobs can be used to refer to those who work in the health and social services sector.
The European Commission has adopted a new policy Communication which outlines how the EU plans to contribute to the social and economic integration of the Roma.
A new economic strategy which aims to help the European Union exit the recent recession and guide the economy over the next decade also promises to have a significant impact on social issues, such as poverty and inclusion.
Enshrined in the Treaty of Lisbon, European social dialogue is an important instrument of social policy through which European social partners – namely European representative employers’ and workers’ organisations – can come together to affect change across the whole of industry or within different economic sectors.
As globalisation makes the process of change a way of life, EU workers need to become more adaptable and open to change, so that they can improve their employability.
Some groups in society face discrimination in finding work, as well as in the workplace.
To help meet the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy, European workers must be among the best in the world: well educated and trained, with the skills to meet the demands of the knowledge economy and to take it forward.