If they want to experience economic growth again while reducing their unemployment and poverty rates significantly, Member States must focus on investing in people or "human capital" and make the transition from a welfare state to a social investor state. This issue of Social Agenda focuses on the Social Investment Package for Growth and Cohesion which the European Commission put forward on 20 February 2013. It also looks at people's perception of the quality of life, at the skills that will be needed in the near future and at what EU citizenship means in practice. Social Agenda will be available in English, French and German.
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.
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.