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.
The worsening social situation and problems of sustainability of social protection requires action across Europe. The Commission's Social Investment Package guides Member States to modernize their welfare systems by "preparing" people to confront life's risks, thus reducing the need to ‘repair’ the consequences. Harnessing policy
expertise, the reform process, shared ownership with stakeholders and EU funds towards social investment will ensure full implementation. This publication will be available in printed format in English, French and German.
Social enterprises contribute to at least three key objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy - employment and growth, innovation and the fight against poverty. This report summarises the main outcomes of the Peer Review on the French social economy which is an exemplary case for comparative purposes, since it is well established, with a well-developed policy context and institutional framework. The Peer Review was hosted by the French Directorate General for Social Cohesion (France, 10-11 December 2012). Representatives from ten Member States, the European Commission and stakeholder organisations took part in the event. This publication is available in electronic format in English, French and German.
This report reviews trends and developments in the relationship between workers, employers, their respective representatives and public authorities at national and EU level during 2010-12. It looks at how the continuing crisis and reforms implemented in response may be having a more fundamental impact on industrial relations, as conflict is increasing. In certain countries, fiscal consolidation has resulted in unfavourable settings for social dialogue, especially in the public sector, where reforms have been accelerated. Despite this the report concludes that structured social dialogue is still the right approach for building consensus and ensuring the sustainability of economic and social reforms.
This report is available in printed format in English.
All the graphs and tables included in this report can be downloaded both in gif and excel format by accessing the individual chapters here.
Combatting poor standards of living amongst children and youth, and promoting social mobility in urban areas with poor living conditions is crucial for breaking the transmission of disadvantage across generations. This report summarises the main outcomes of the Peer Review which addressed the topic of area-based policies to promote good living conditions for children and youth in deprived areas (Oslo, 13-14 November 2012). The Peer Review was hosted by the Norwegian Directorate of Integration and Diversity. Representatives from six Member States, the European Commission and stakeholder organisations took part in the event. This publication is available in electronic format in English, French, German and Norwegian.
According to the EU Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review, divergence continues to increase across Member States, translating into persistently growing labour market and social challenges, marked by ever higher unemployment at EU level and a deterioration of the situation of many households, and of young people in particular. Employment has been trending down again since mid-2011, with positive developments only noticeable in part-time work. Unemployment rose further in January 2013, to 26.2 million in the EU, accounting for 10.8 % of the active population, and concerns nearly one in four economically active young people.
This edition highlights the effects recent government spending cuts have had on the employment and social situation in a number of Member States, the diversity in terms of labour market matching and recent trends in posting of workers across the EU. This edition also analyses the specific situation in Bulgaria and in the sectors of manufacture of basic metals and motor vehicles. It finally dedicates a Special Supplement to the analysis of recent demographic trends in the European Union.
This publication is available in electronic format in English.
This Synthesis Report has been produced on the basis of the experts’ reports covering the 27 EU Member States. It starts with an analysis of the extent to which Member States have developed integrated comprehensive strategies. Then, it assesses how effective Member States have been in developing measures under each of the three strands. Next, it looks at the resourcing of active inclusion measures both by Member States and by EU Structural Funds and examines the arrangements in place to monitor their implementation. Finally, it synthesises the suggestions made by the experts to strengthen the implementation of the Active Inclusion Recommendation at both national and EU levels. This publication is available in electronic format in English, French and German.
The present report has been prepared as part of the mandate given to the Social Protection Committee (SPC) by the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to monitor the social situation in the European Union and the development of social protection policies (art. 160 of TFEU). The Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion provided the necessary analysis and calculations used in the report with the extensive assistance and data provision of Eurostat. This publication will be available in printed format in English.
The efforts aimed at combating child poverty and social exclusion are crucial investments in future and contribute directly to the Europe 2020 Strategy. This report summarises the main outcomes of the Peer Review on socio-cultural participation as part of a strategy to address child poverty (Brussels, 20-21 September 2012). The Peer Review was hosted by the Belgian federal authorities who presented a series of measures to enable those on low income to participate in socio-cultural activities. Representatives from ten European countries, the European Commission and stakeholder organisations took part in the event. This publication is available in electronic format in English, French, German and Dutch.