A Peer Review held in Zagreb (Croatia) in October 2013 focused on how Croatia is aiming to boost this sector through its Strategy for Social Entrepreneurship (2014-2020). This report summarises the key issues discussed and the lessons learned. It is available in electronic format in English, French, German and Croatian.
Members of the EU Network of Independent Experts on Social Inclusion assessed, from a social inclusion perspective, their countries’ National Reform Programmes (NRP) and - when available Social Strategic Reports. In particular, they assessed the extent to which the measures outlined in the NRPs (and SSRs) are likely to ensure progress towards the achievement of the Europe 2020’s social inclusion objectives and target. This short report summarises the main findings of the independent experts’ country analyses. It also puts forward concrete suggestions for strengthening the social inclusion dimension of the NRP process in future. It is available online in English, French and German.
This edition of the annual review of the social situation in the European Union by the Social Protection Committee (SPC) delivers on its core Treaty task to monitor the social situation in the Member States and the EU (art. 160 of TFEU). The report focuses on the results from the latest edition of the Social Protection Performance Monitor with a view to analysing the most recent trends in the social situation in Europe, providing an in-depth review of key challenges and identifying the social trends to watch for 2013. This publication is available in electronic format in English.
EU countries face a common challenge: maintaining and improving the quality of elderly care while ensuring it is both accessible and financially sustainable. A peer review in Stockholm (September 2013) explored the Swedish approach to care reform, and organised a common discussion with peer countries and stakeholders on these topics. This report summarises the key issues discussed and the lessons learned. It is available in electronic format in English, French, German and Swedish.
This policy brief was produced by the OECD and the European Commission to explore barriers in access to finance by social groups who are disadvantaged or under-represented in entrepreneurship and to describe policies which can address these barriers. It presents data on the extent to which entrepreneurs from disadvantaged groups obtain external finance. It then sets out the traditional policy instruments of grants and soft loans together with newer and emerging policies such as loan guarantees, microcredit, crowdfunding, business angels and Islamic finance. In addition to supply-side instruments, the role of financial education is also explained. Finally, the brief gives a number of examples of policy approaches that have been successful in European Union Member States. This brochure is available online in English, German and French.
The Social Europe guide is a bi-annual publication aimed at providing an interested but not necessarily specialised audience with a concise overview of specific areas of EU policy in the field of employment, social affairs and inclusion. It illustrates the key issues and challenges, explains policy actions and instruments at EU level and provides examples of best practices from EU Member States. It also presents views on the subject from the Council Presidency and the European Parliament.
Volume 6 looks at the origin and purpose of labour market rules across the EU. It highlights the importance of ensuring good and healthy working conditions and a level playing field in the Single Market. It explains the respective roles the EU institutions and Member States play in shaping the legislation on employment and working conditions: in general, EU rules help to set minimum standards and requirements to underpin national laws, aiming to ensure the realization of the values set out in the EU's founding Treaties. The guide also explains how EU labour law has been influenced by international standards and the role the EU plays in promoting decent work across the world.
The guide will be available in printed format in German, English and French.
This year’s ESDE report offers an in-depth and wide-ranging review of key labour market and social challenges facing the EU as it slowly emerges from recession. Where will Europe’s new jobs come from in an increasingly competitive global economy? Will active inclusion policies support help address rising levels of poverty among those of working age? Will the improvement in the position of women on the labour market during the crisis be sustained or slip away with the recovery? Is the divisive issue of undeclared work being effectively addressed? Will all Member States progress equally, or do the weakest risk falling further behind? Have national social security systems been effective and efficient in maintaining incomes during the recession and in addressing their longer-term goals? Do we need to adapt the ways we measure economic and social progress in order to take proper account of inequalities? The report will be available in printed and electronic format in English. All the graphs and tables can be downloaded both in gif and excel format by accessing the individual chapters.
Entrepreneurship development is an important requirement for achieving of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. It is also a means to respond to new economic challenges, to create jobs and to fight social and financial exclusion. The impact of the global financial and economic crisis calls for giving entrepreneurship and self-employment a stronger role in economic and social development policies. This book collects and synthesizes information and data on entrepreneurship activities in Europe, focusing on people that are at the greatest risk of social exclusion. These groups include young people, older people, women, ethnic minorities and migrants, people with disabilities and the unemployed.
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EaSI, det nye paneuropæiske program for beskæftigelse og socialpolitik, vil hjælpe EU med at levere en mere sammenhængende politik, fremme jobmobilitet og give målrettet mikrofinansiering til udsatte grupper. Med sammenlægningen af Progress, Eures og Progress Mikrofinansiering til et paraplyprogram vil EaSI hjælpe med at skabe nye jobs og bæredygtig vækst på mere effektiv vis ved at sætte fokus på social innovation. Her kan De læse mere om hvordan.
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The Social Europe guide is a bi-annual publication aimed at providing an interested but not necessarily specialised audience with a concise overview of specific areas of EU policy in the field of employment, social affairs and inclusion. It illustrates the key issues and challenges, explains policy actions and instruments at EU level and provides examples of best practices from EU Member States. It also presents views on the subject from the Council Presidency and the European Parliament. This fifth volume in the series of Social Guides sets out how the new challenges facing EU countries call for a rethink of our approach to social policies. It outlines the functions of social policies and recent initiatives by the European Commission to support increased ‘social investment’ – benefits and services that improve people’s skills and capabilities and support people’s inclusion in society. This guide also sets out how the European Union’s social policy guidance is designed and delivered, and how the Commission is supporting Member States in making reforms to improve the adequacy and sustainability of their social policies. The guide will be available as an e-book and in printed format in English, French and German.