The Belgian Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion EU 2020 is designed to feed into the Europe 2020 Strategy, which includes the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion as one of seven flagship initiatives. Since 2011 the Belgian Platform has brought together a wide variety of participants for quarterly meetings. Although the Platform has no real policy making authority, it provides an important forum for open dialogue and increasing awareness of the European framework for fighting social exclusion. This report summarises the key issues discussed and the lessons learned. It is available in electronic format in English, French, German and Dutch.
This paper reviews the current problems in obtaining timely information on social developments within EU Member States, and reports on a stocktaking exercise of existing national approaches to providing timely social data, as well as the possibilities that are being explored within the framework of the European Statistical System (ESS) to improve the situation. It is available online in English only.
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.
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. The fourth volume in the series describes the vivid world of social economy organisations (such as cooperatives, associations, mutuals and foundations) as well as the more recent phenomenon of social entrepreneurship, i.e. business created to achieve social rather than financial goals. In addition, it illustrates trends towards greater social responsibility among citizens/consumers, for-profit companies and financial institutions. Finally it reviews ways in which European and national policies support the social economy and social enterprise. The guide is available in printed format in German, Greek, English and French.