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.
Decline in recruitment demand was particularly pronounced for craft and related trade workers as well as for plant and machine operators (-9% and -7%) in the third quarter of 2012, according to the May 2013 edition of the European Vacancy Monitor. This Bulletin is available in English only.
According to this issue of the European Job Mobility Bulletin, based on the vacancies published on the EURES portal, good job opportunities are available for: Finance and sales associate professionals, Architects, engineers and related professionals, Housekeeping and restaurant service workers, Personal care and related workers, Computing professionals. This Bulletin 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.
The European Job Mobility Bulletin provides an analysis of vacancies posted on the EURES jobs portal by national public employment services. It is pecifically targeted at people looking for work outside their home region/country, and at EURES advisers aiming to help them. It is available online in English only.
The European Vacancy Monitor provides a comprehensive overview of recent developments on the European job market. Data on job vacancies and hiring shed light on trends in occupational demand and skills requirements. It is available online in English only.
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.
With the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion set to meet for its second annual convention in December, the special feature of Social Agenda Issue 31 focuses on social inclusion and the fight against poverty. It looks at the progress made since the Platform’s inception in 2010, citing practical examples of how EU funding and policy initiatives promote social inclusion, including that of the Roma people, the EU's largest minority. European Commission Social Policies Director, Lieve Fransen explains how social policy should be considered more in terms of front-end investment rather than back-end cost. Issue 31 also features articles on EU support for cross-border traineeships and on the agreements recently signed by the European social partners. 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, this edition contains three articles: one on labour mobility by EU-8 citizens, another on student mobility and lastly a piece of research on the mobility of social benefits. This online journal is available in English only.