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Part of the cover of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 publication, with the slogan 'People with disabilities have equal rights'

Launch of public consultation on the review of the European Disability Strategy

The European Commission is launching a public consultation today on the mid-term review of the European Disability Strategy (2010-2020).

Small kids in a classroom 16/12/2015

Childcare for all: making early childhood education and care more accessible and inclusive

Access to early childhood education and childcare (ECEC) is important for promoting equal opportunities of children as well as for facilitating work-family balance of parents and especially labour market participation of mothers of small children.

Text: Finalist of Access City, the European Award for accessbile cities; the European Commission logo under the text and the logo of the city of Milan above the text..

Disabilities: Access City Award 2016 for accessible-friendly cities goes to Milan!

On the occasion of the European Day for People with Disabilities, the European Commission is pleased to announce that Milan (Italy) is the winner of the 2016 Access City Award. Wiesbaden (Germany), Toulouse (France), Vaasa (Finland) and Kaposvár (Hungary) were also awarded for their efforts to improve accessibility for people with disabilities and the elderly.

Young man using a wheel chair with mobility and dexterity impairments

Commission proposes to make products and services more accessible to the disabled persons

The European Commission today proposed a European Accessibility Act, which will set common accessibility requirements for certain key products and services that will help people with disabilities at EU level to participate fully in society.

Woman checking a piggy bank with a stethoscope 25/11/2015

Inclusive growth? Varying trends in disposable household income over the last decade

The economic crisis has put income inequality high on the political agenda. Thomas Piketty's "Capital in the 21st century" made the topic also a subject of coffee breaks, while Wilkinson and Pickett's "The Spirit Level" illustrated how inequality is associated with various social ills in our societies.

Pregnant woman with baby working on a computer 18/11/2015

New start for working parents and caregivers: Commission launches public consultation on work-life balance

The European Commission has today launched a public consultation on how to improve work-life balance and reduce obstacles to women's participation in the labour market, thereby contributing to the employment headline target of the Europe 2020 Strategy.

Elderly woman with a dog in countryside 14/10/2015

Why older women are much more exposed to the risk of poverty than older men

Europe is ageing. More than 130 million people in the European Union, or about a quarter of the total population, receive a pension. By and large, the national pension systems make sure that older citizens receive a stable income after the end of their working life and are not threatened by poverty. In fact, the risk of being poor in the EU is lower among the elderly above age 65 as compared to the population below age 65.

Young person looking at offers on job board 16/09/2015

The majority of the unemployed in the EU do not receive unemployment benefits

In all EU countries, social security systems are in place to provide a safety net to those who lose their jobs. Much has been said about the generosity of unemployment benefits that may entice workers to stay at home rather than to look for a job, or about the need to make sure that the unemployed receiving benefits also meet obligations to actually look for a job or get training.

Young man looking at board with job ads 07/09/2015

Integration of long-term unemployed into the labour market: report on Member State progress

A report commissioned by the European Commission from the European Social Policy Network of independent experts (ESPN) published today shows an inadequate response in the Member States regarding the reintegration of the long-term unemployed.

Woman using a stethoscope on a piggy bank 02/09/2015

Persistent poverty in the EU: time matters!

While more and more people experience poverty at some point in their life, a short-lived experience is certainly different in nature than long-term poverty.

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