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From left to right: Fons Leroy, chair of VDAB, the Flemish public employment service, Commissioner Marianne Thyssen and Frank-Jürgen Weise, head of the German public employment service 03/11/2016

Keynote speech by Commissioner at PES Board meeting in Bratislava

During the Board meeting of the EU Public Employment Services on 1 December in Bratislava, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen gave a key-note speech on the value of the Network and its input in the Commission's work.

Four clear bottles with a plant inside. The more coins a bottle contains the bigger the plants are. The left bottle contains no coins, the right bottle is full of coins.

Over 100 agreements signed with microfinance providers since start of EU microfinance initiatives

More than EUR 1 billion has been mobilised to support over 100,000 micro-entrepreneurs in 23 EU member states under the Progress Microfinance and the Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programmes.

Several participants during a FEAD network workshop 28/10/2016

Delegates discuss FEAD at first Network meetings

The first two FEAD Network meetings have been held in Brussels on 26 September and 18 October. The events allowed delegates to hear from projects and managing authorities in different countries, and to discuss innovative ways of delivering accompanying and social inclusion measures.

Handshake 28/10/2016

Report: The role of social partners in the design and implementation of policies and reforms

In view of the increased policy attention to social dialogue at European level, and given the large diversity in practices across different countries, this EEPO report aims at providing practitioners with detailed information on the channels and practices through which national social partners contribute to policy making in the EU Member States.

Stylised image of a fuel meter with left a sad smiley and right a happy smiley 28/10/2016

Seminar on regional well-being indicators (development of the inclusive society index)

Reducing regional disparities is one of the main objectives of the European Union and one which is pursued through Cohesion policy aimed at strengthening economic, social and territorial cohesion across the EU.

Elvis standing in an open plan office talking to two colleagues

The Youth Guarantee in practice: Elvis creates a job for himself

Elvis Skripunas has always been ambitious. While other children dreamed of being firefighters, doctors or astronauts when they grew up, Elvis was imagining himself with a suit and briefcase.

Sparks in front of protected welder 26/10/2016

EU labour market developments report: stronger job creation

Job creation continued to be stronger in 2015 and the beginning of 2016 than could be expected based on economic growth according to the findings of the Commission's 2016 Labour Market and Wage Developments in Europe report, published today.

Social Enterprise written in a notepad with marker

Social enterprises gaining ground in Europe

The number of social enterprises in Europe is increasing and they are engaging in new fields. Many countries are introducing new legislation as well as new support schemes to boost the development of social enterprises.

Nikolay and older woman holding a gold chain inside a goldsmith's shop

The Youth Guarantee in practice: how Nikolay’s future is made of solid gold

The area where Nikolay Krastev grew up in Bulgaria is dominated by the agriculture and service industries. Having studied music at school, and with his only work experience being at a petrol station, he struggled to find a permanent job and soon found himself unemployed.

Animation of three towers representing the three axes of the EaSI programme

Evaluating the EU programme for Employment and Social Innovation - launch of an open consultation

The European Commission has launched a public consultation in the context of the mid-term evaluation of the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI).