The report on the performance of the EU Progress programme in 2012 provides a key insight into how the programme has fared in meeting EU goals in the fields of employment, social inclusion and social protection, working conditions, equality between women and men and fight against discriminations. It analyses the significant contribution of the activities funded through Progress to the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy, in terms of policy coordination, implementation of EU laws and support to the main stakeholders. The report supports concrete outcomes by providing them with visibility, focusing on the evolving policy priorities in the relevant policy areas, and the main challenges still facing the EU. The report is available in electronic format in English.
The Progress factsheet for 2012 takes a look at some of the key figures of the Progress performance monitoring report 2012 about the results of the EU Programme for employment and social solidarity. It offers readers a glance at how Progress has contributed to the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy, by summarising some of the major analytical, mutual learning, awareness raising and dissemination activities that have been funded. It is available in printed format in English, French and German.
According this edition of the EU Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review, labour market and social challenges have been growing over recent months, as the EU is still faced with ever higher unemployment and the lowest employment figures since the onset of the crisis.
The employment and social situation in the EU remained critical in the first quarter of 2013 with employment receding overall and unemployment rising further, trends which concentrate in the southern members of the euro area. The situation of many households, and of young people in particular, remains serious. Nearly a quarter of economically active young people in the EU are unemployed. The sharp fall in young people's employment in some countries partly reflects differences in labour market structures, and in particular the role of temporary contracts. In the context of divergence across the EU, the number of people wanting to move to another country has substantially increased. The Review also notes the importance of quality childcare in mitigating inequalities at an early stage and explores the results of the first wave of the European Central Bank's Household Finance and Consumption Survey. Recent developments in the financial and insurance activities sector, as well as in Slovenia and Croatia, are also analysed in this edition.
This publication is available in electronic format in English.
O presente resumo do relatório analisa o modo como as relações laborais evoluíram desde a nossa última edição de 2010. Dado que a crise financeira se transformou numa crise das dívidas soberanas, as reformas por parte dos governos têm tido um impacto fundamental nas relações entre entidades empregadoras, sindicatos e autoridades públicas. Embora o diálogo social tenha sido um fator de resiliência na superação dos efeitos iniciais da crise, a duração e profundidade desta mesma crise acabaram por criar um contexto desfavorável ao diálogo social. Não obstante, o resumo destaca a importância de um diálogo bem estruturado e contínuo, sublinhando o empenho da Comissão Europeia em apoiar e promover o seu avanço.
Investing in the green economy will be key to overcoming the employment crisis in the EU and driving economic
growth. In order for the Commission’s integrated policy approach to work an environmental focus needs to be
prioritised at Member State level as well. This review looks at whether and to what extent national and regional
governments have refocused their policy efforts towards green sectors, and the nature of the policy efforts pursued.
The European policy context for promoting transition to green growth is examined and the types of national/regional
policies and measures identified, before the findings and lessons are summarised.
This publication is available in electronic format (pdf and e-book) in English.
The first working paper in the 2013 series reviews social protection expenditure developments in the crisis, focusing on expenditure trends in volumes following the peak of the crisis (2009), on changes in the distribution of incomes and, notably, on the distributional impact of austerity packages. The topics discussed relate to the March 2013 edition of the EU Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review. This Working paper is available in electronic format in English.
This paper considers the impact of social entrepreneurship in European communities, finding that working with such enterprises and helping them develop can result in widespread gains for public budgets. Starting and running such a business can pose a number of problems though, as it must not only overcome entrepreneurial challenges, but also those that arise from the social dimension. The report concludes that promoting policies that create a favourable environment for such entrepreneurs, is crucial for them to fulfil their potential. This brochure is available online in English, German and French.
The EU is supporting Member States to develop high quality apprenticeship and traineeship programmes to:
• make the school-to-work transition easier
• equip young people with the right skills and experience for sustainable employment.
This publication is available in electronic format in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Polish.
This publication is a part of a series that explains what the EU does in different policy areas, why the EU is involved and what the results are. You can see online which ones are available and download them at: http://europa.eu/pol/index_en.htm.
The number of people aged 60+ is increasing at a fast rate and the result is a rapid increase in the dependency ratio. Alongside the associated risks for the sustainability of public finances, there are many opportunities as older people represent a valuable asset to society. These were discussed at the Peer Review held in Warsaw in October 2012 and hosted by the Polish Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. Representatives of eight Member States, the European Commission and stakeholder organisations attended the event. This report summarises the key issues discussed and the lessons learned. It is available in electronic format in English, French, German and Polish.