The number of unemployed people in the EU stood at 23.8 million in December 2011, i.e. 1.1 million more than in March 2011, when the declining trend in unemployment was reversed.
The study on "Active inclusion of migrants" gives an expert assessment of the main trends in the situation of migrants with regard to social assistance and access to social services.
The first annual review of Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) published by the European Commission underlines that a mix of employment and social policies is necessary to ensure a long-term job-rich recovery in the current climate of fiscal consolidation and bleak economic outlook.
The EU's Council of Employment and Social Policy Ministers will meet on 1 December in Brussels. The Council is due to discuss the 2012 Annual Growth Survey and Joint Employment Report with the view to the European Council on 9 December 2011.
A new Eurobarometer survey shows that more than a third of European citizens currently working (35%) are concerned about losing their jobs. This proportion has increased slightly since 2009 (+2 points).
The European Commission is accelerating its efforts for economic renewal, with moves to further strengthen euro area governance, safeguard future financial stability and boost growth and employment.
The Employment Committee (EMCO) and the Heads of Public Employment Services (HoPES) organised a conference to discuss the 'Challenges and opportunities for employment vis-à-vis demographic changes' in Warsaw on 10-11 October.
A new Eurobarometer survey on the EU's social climate shows that although EU citizens remain negative when evaluating the general situation of their country, they seem to feel that the economy is recovering and are largely satisfied and positive regarding their personal situation.
The Social Protection Committee (SPC) has issued a report on the "Social dimension of the Europe 2020 strategy" that examines actions to promote inclusion and reduce poverty, in line with the strategy's headline targets.
A series of studies has been completed on social protection and social inclusion in the six Eastern Partnership countries in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) region.