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  • 15/02/2016

    A recipe book for social finance

    Designed for practitioners such as social enterprises, investors, social finance intermediaries, market builders and social enterprise support organisations, this publication will guide you step by step through the process of designing and implementing initiatives to develop social finance instruments and markets. You will discover that there is no tried-and-tested formula or recipe and that there are challenges at whatever level you operate. This practical guide provides good examples and practices that you can learn from and adapt to help you avoid possible pitfalls. Checklists and key questions at the end of each chapter will help you summarise what you have learned and move to the next step.

  • 15/02/2016

    Make a difference – Drop'pin and go far

    Drop’pin is an online portal that aims to help young people get a foot on the employment ladder. It’s designed to bring those looking to better their knowledge, skills and abilities closer to organisations offering opportunities to improve them, including corporates, SMEs and NGOs. Looking for an apprenticeship, traineeship, mentoring or e-learning courses? Drop’pin has a wide range of opportunities spanning a number of sectors across Europe. Whether you’re a young person looking for your first big break or an organisation looking for your stars of the future, Drop’pin and go far.

  • 21/01/2016

    Employment and Social Developments in Europe 2015

    Success in raising employment levels and living standards in Europe depends on effective support policies as well as positive macro-economic strategies. In this respect, this year’s Employment and Social Developments review addresses a range of issues.

    It starts by looking at the contribution of entrepreneurship and self-employment to job creation and growth and the need to tackle the difficulties faced by the self-employed and notably micro and small companies. It then looks at the role of labour legislation in supporting more and better jobs and the need to strike the right balance between flexibility and protection. It then moves on to look at the best actions to avoid unemployment turning into long-term unemployment and inactivity. More broadly, given technology change, globalisation and population ageing, which translates into a reduction in the working-age population, the EU needs to increase employment and increase productivity. Mobility and migration can play an important role here. In relation to this, Europe needs to improve skills and better match skills with evolving demands. It also needs to promote labour market participation of older workers and women. Social policies, including pension policies and family policies (for example, child care and long-term care), can support longer working lives and increase employment of women. Promoting social dialogue and the involvement of social partners in the development of employment and social policies may help the implementation and effectiveness of such policies.

    The review is 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.

    This publication was presented at the #ESDE2015 conference on 21 January 2016.

  • 23/09/2015

    A European Unemployment Benefit Scheme - The rationale and the challenges ahead

    This working paper constitutes the first deliverable of the study “Feasibility and Added Value of a European Unemployment Benefit Scheme”, commissioned by DG EMPL and carried out by a consortium led by CEPS. The objective of the paper is to frame the debate on a European shock absorber around its origins on the one hand, and its most controversial aspects, on the other.

    This publication is available only in electronic version in English.

  • 21/08/2015

    Report on the European Parliament Preparatory Action on the Youth Guarantee

    In 2012 the European Parliament asked the Commission to set up a Preparatory Action to support  Member States in  building Youth Guarantee partnerships and trialling associated services among young people aged 15-24. 18 pilot projects were launched between August and December 2013, with each delivered over a 12-month period. This report offers a detailed review of the Preparatory Action, individual pilot projects funded by it in particular. It explores the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and added value of the pilot projects and presents conclusions related to the organisation and potential of the pilots. An executive summary in six languages (see below) and six individual case studies are also available.