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Things are moving fast as employment and social affairs make up a decisive part of the roadmap to a more united and democratic EU by June 2019, announced by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in September 2017: the Commission proposals to make it happen must be on the table of the European Parliament and Council by May 2018 at the latest.
We explain how the European Pillar of Social Rights, proclaimed by EU leaders last November, serves as a framework for preparing them and is strengthening the social dimension of EU economic governance.
We also review proposals for an EU framework to raise the quality of apprenticeships, report on evidence of an urgent need to take on intergenerational inequality and show how social innovation is a must to ensure sustainable economic growth.
Crystalline silica is a mineral naturally abundant and a component of materials used in a wide variety of industries. However, prolonged inhalation of respirable crystalline silica may cause a specific type of lung damage. A multi-sectoral agreement bringing together social partners from 14 sectors was signed in 2006 to protect workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica, minimise the exposure through good practices and increasing the knowledge about potential health effects. This study provides an assessment of the implementation and impact of the agreement.
This leaflet contains useful information on the support that the Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme offers to financial intermediaries providing finance to social enterprises or microloans to entrepreneurs. Find out more about the different instruments available and how to apply. The leaflet is available in English, French and German in print and online.
This evaluation of the European Training Foundation (ETF) analyses the coherence, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the organisation, as well as providing insights as to the effectiveness and added value of its activities. The report shows that ETF effectively shapes the course of vocational education and training developments in partner countries although steps could be taken to further improve effectiveness in certain areas. Proposals are presented for a new intervention logic, as well as general recommendations for the improvement of the agency's functionality.
Synthesis of a research project requested by the European Parliament, commissioned by the European Commission and prepared by a consortium led by the Centre for European Policy Studies.
The research was conducted by a consortium led by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). This consortium examined the macroeconomic impact of 18 European Unemployment Benefit Scheme (EUBS) variants and discussed various ways of dealing with such problems as the risk of permanent transfers across Member States, and incentives for Member States to shift costs of unemployment from the national to the European level or to reduce their investment in labour market integration (institutional moral hazard). Legal and operational issues, at the European and national level are also examined.
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Assessing Social Investment Synergies (ASIS) seeks to develop an evidence-based methodology for analysing the financial, economic and societal returns of social investment policies. This study explores in detail the effects of a selection of social policies in terms of poverty reduction, gender equality, employment, labour productivity and overall GDP growth.