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 instru¬ments 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 7 focuses on EU funding instruments used to help people into employment or out of poverty and social exclusion. The guide outlines the aims and objectives of four specific funds: the European Social Fund (ESF); the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD); the EU programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI); and the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF).
There is a particular focus on priorities for the EU’s new financial period, which runs from 2014-2020, and on how these funds will support Europe 2020, the EU’s economic strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
The guide will be available in printed and electronic format in English, French and German.
The 2013 PROGRESS Annual Performance Monitoring Report looks at how PROGRESS has helped the Commission make proposals on evolving policy priorities such as improved performance of public employment services, social investment for inclusive growth and handling occupational pensions. Programme outputs were driven by employment and social objectives of Europe 2020, with activities focused on major challenges such as unemployment, social impact of the crisis and demographic changes.
This publication is available in electronic format in English only.
Hiring subsidies are an important measure, extensively used by Member States, to promote employment in disadvantaged-worker categories such as young and older people, the long-term unemployed and women. This review maps out the design of such subsidies, and identifies good and effective practices in targeting, funding, monitoring and integrating incentives with other policies. It is intended as a source of mutual learning and transfer of good practices between Member States.
This publication is available in electronic format in English.
Low qualified workers encounter increasing difficulties to find a job, face lower job stability and are out-competed by medium-skilled workers even in elementary occupations. In contrast, job opportunities are growing in some high-skilled professions. These are the main findings of the European Vacancy and Recruitment Report 2014. The report also highlights the increase in temporary and part-time work during the crisis and underlines the need to better support school-to-work transitions, to decrease segmentation of the labour markets and to up-skill jobseekers, particularly the low qualified. This report is available in electronic format in English only.
Child poverty and social exclusion is one of the major challenges facing the European Union and in February 2013 the European Commission issued a major Recommendation on “Investing in children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage’. This Synthesis Report has been produced by the Network Core Team of the European Network of Independent Experts on Social Inclusion, on the basis of the independent experts’ reports covering the 28 EU Member States. It brings together the main findings of the country analyses and draws on these and the Core Team’s overall assessment to put forward a series of concrete suggestions for advancing the implementation of the Recommendation at both national and EU levels. The report is available in electronic format in English, French and German. The 28 country reports are available here together with their translation in the national language(s).
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.
The EU is working to reduce youth unemployment and to increase the youth employment rate in line with the wider EU target of achieving a 75% employment rate for the working-age population (20-64 years). This leaflet gives an overview of the latest measures proposed by the EU to help Member States specifically tackle youth unemployment and social exclusion. This report is available in electronic format in English, French and German.
Boosting the quality and supply of apprenticeships is part of the EU’s approach to tackling youth unemployment. This leaflet gives an overview of measures under the recently launched European Alliance for Apprenticeships, to help Member States and other stakeholders achieve this aim. The leaflet is available in English, French and German.
The Youth Guarantee is an innovative approach to tackling youth unemployment to ensure that all young people under 25 – whether registered with employment services or not – get a good-quality offer of employment, continued education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship within four months of becoming unemployed or leaving formal education. EU countries endorsed the principle of the Youth Guarantee in April 2013. This leaflet explains how the Youth Guarantee works and why it makes a difference. It is available in English, German and French.
Many EU countries face the challenge of providing elderly care in the context of shortages of trained personnel. The Peer Review in Berlin (23-24 October) provided the opportunity for peer countries to explore the German approach of recruiting and training non-EU migrants. This report summarises the key issues discussed and the lessons learned. It is available in electronic format in English, French and German.