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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.
With the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion set to meet for its second annual convention in December, the special feature of Social Agenda Issue 31 focuses on social inclusion and the fight against poverty. It looks at the progress made since the Platform’s inception in 2010, citing practical examples of how EU funding and policy initiatives promote social inclusion, including that of the Roma people, the EU's largest minority. European Commission Social Policies Director, Lieve Fransen explains how social policy should be considered more in terms of front-end investment rather than back-end cost. Issue 31 also features articles on EU support for cross-border traineeships and on the agreements recently signed by the European social partners. Social Agenda is available in English, French and German.
This report, jointly prepared by the European Commission and the Social Protection Committee (SPC), focuses on the adequacy dimension of pensions. It has been developed as a complement to the Ageing Report by the Economic Policy Committee (EPC) and considers pension policy objectives in the context of accelerating population ageing and the current economic crisis. Specifically, it looks at how to reconcile and optimize sustainability and adequacy concerns amongst Member States. This publication is available in electronic format in English only.
The present report is the third update of the analysis of the social impact of the crisis that the Social Protection Committee has undertaken, as part of its treaty mandate to closely monitor the social situation in Member States. It looks into the major trends in the social situation in Europe and the concrete policy measures Member States have put in place in the past year to tackle the difficult economic situation and its social implications. This publication is available in printed format in English.