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.
The Social Europe guide is a bi-annual publication aimed at providing to an interested but not necessarily specialized audience 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 third volume in this series gives an overview of the main demographic trends faced by Europe, such as ageing, a decrease in the working age population and declining fertility. It describes the EU's actions to promote active ageing, and explains EU policy efforts to ensure adequate, safe and sustainable pensions for the decades to come. This publication is available in printed format in English, French and German.