According to this edition of the EU Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review, the recent and currently fragile economic recovery has not yet been able to create new jobs and the social situation in the EU shows little signs of improvement so far. The improved outcomes in the EU labour markets are still at best modest. Employment showed the first signs of stabilising in 2013, with a 0.1% growth in the second half of the year. This analysis also points to an expected increase in poverty levels and a slight improvement in the impact of social protection expenditure in 2013, even if its support effect remains very weak. The situation for households remains serious. The income that households have at their disposal is lagging behind the growth of Gross Domestic Product. It provides also empirical evidence that the crisis at its height had the strongest adverse impact on labour market transitions of men and young people.
This publication is available online in English only.
Please see the table of contents for supplements on labour market transitions, trends in poverty and social exclusion and trends in social expenditure.
The European Commission launched its 6th edition of the EU Social Dialogue Newsletter.
For the first time the Newsletter includes a table showing the follow-up of European sectoral social dialogue 2012 and also the latest overview table summarising the outcomes of European social dialogue in 2013.
The seventh edition of the Online Journal focuses on a) the right of residence and access to social benefits for jobseekers seeking work in another Member State, b) the retention of worker status where the migrant has been employed and is involuntarily unemployed and c) the impact of differential social security systems and taxation on the welfare of frontier workers in the EU. This online journal is available in English only.
Youth is the red thread throughout this issue, in particular the EU Youth Guarantee for a quality job, traineeship or education within 4 months of leaving school or becoming unemployed: how the European Commission can help Member States take ownership of this scheme and implement it both nationwide and across borders. It also gives the floor to the European Youth Forum and to a young skateboarder who found a job thanks to the European Social Fund. This issue also contains articles on the EU budgetary framework 2014-2020, the up and coming European elections, undeclared work and stress at work. Social Agenda is available in printed format in English, French and German.
Social Agenda No 35 presents the new European Commission programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) 2014-2020. It also addresses social Economic and Monetary Union, the upcoming annual convention of the European platform Against Poverty and Social Exclusion, the state of industrial relations in Europe and the first EU legislative proposal on Roma integration. The magazine will be available in printed format in English, French and German.
Social Agenda No 34 features the European Commission’s recent proposal to concretely help EU workers who want to move, or already have moved, within the European Single Market. Although the EU legislation on the freedom of movement of workers dates back to 1968, the right to equal treatment with the workers of the host country (i.e. non-discrimination on the grounds of nationality) is still not familiar to many, including among national and local civil servants. Social Agenda also looks from an employment and social affairs angle at the EU budgetary framework leading up to 2020, the need for common European indicators to improve cohesion policy and the 2013 European Semester. And it explains why "Social Europe" is one of the European Commission's most popular social media platforms.
Social Agenda is available in printed format in English, French and German.
The sixth edition of the Online Journal follows the European Commission’s recent adoption of a proposal for a Directive, which looks at ways to improve the application of worker’s rights in the EU. The proposed legislation seeks to increase this effectiveness, through a better application of EU law on people’s rights to work in another Member State. Within this context three different experts in the field offer their insights into the current situation, with a specific focus on the dynamics of contemporary forms of intra-EU mobility and ambiguities that currently exist in the rules on access to social assistance benefits for EU citizens when abroad.
This online journal is available in English only.
If they want to experience economic growth again while reducing their unemployment and poverty rates significantly, Member States must focus on investing in people or "human capital" and make the transition from a welfare state to a social investor state. This issue of Social Agenda focuses on the Social Investment Package for Growth and Cohesion which the European Commission put forward on 20 February 2013. It also looks at people's perception of the quality of life, at the skills that will be needed in the near future and at what EU citizenship means in practice. Social Agenda will be available in English, French and German.
A silent revolution is underway in the field of employment and social data collection and analysis, giving a much more vivid picture of what people are going through and how they are evolving over time. This issue of Social Agenda focuses on the methodology of data collection and its political consequences. For the EU to reach its objective of generating inclusive growth by 2020, social policy must be considered not so much in terms of expenditure but rather as an investment in Europe's most precious asset: its own people or, as economists would say, its "human capital". Social Agenda is available in English, French and German.
Freedom of movement is one of the EU’s fundamental freedoms and the Online Journal on free movement of workers within the European Union is an important resource for people looking for information on this subject. Produced twice a year by independent academic experts coordinated by the Radboud University Nijmingen, under the supervision of the European Commission, this issue looks at EU citizen’s rights, and features contributions from three different experts. The first one looks at the issue of purely internal situations, following the Zambrano, McCarthy and Dereci judgments. The second considers the consequences of breaches of Union law by private parties, while the third discusses obstacles to temporary and part-time EU workers, focusing especially on the free movement of EU au pair workers. This online journal is available in English only.