Belgium is benefiting from more than EUR 1 billion from the ESF to implement employment initiatives across all of the country's Communities and Regions. ESF help will therefore enable it to tackle the problems associated in particular with the low employment rate and the ageing population. Each of the Belgian entities has access to ESF funding to support employment, encourage initial and ongoing training, improve social inclusion and combat all forms of discrimination.
Cyprus is deploying ESF funding to equip workers with new skills and competences such that they can drive the modernisation of the country’s economy. And support for women, young people, older workers and the lowskilled is helping them get jobs and raise their living standards. At the same time, the education system is being redesigned to raise standards and
ensure young Cypriots have the best qualifications and prospects for their
future working lives.
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 Progress programme plays a key role in providing support for modern, effective and innovative employment, social and equality policies in the EU. This report details Progress’s activities in 2011 and evaluates the measures taken over the year to achieve the programme’s stated objectives. The 2011 report clearly underlines Progress’s added value and the impact it has had in EU Member States on promoting lasting outcomes across the continent. The report is available in electronic format in English, French and German.
The Progress programme plays a key role in providing support for modern, effective and innovative employment, social and equality policies in the EU. This report details Progress’s activities in 2011 and evaluates the measures taken over the year to achieve the programme’s stated objectives. The 2011 report clearly underlines Progress’s added value and the impact it has had in EU Member States on promoting lasting outcomes across the continent. The factsheet is available in printed format in English, French and German.
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.
With ESF support, Austria is spending EUR 1.1 billion on forward-looking measures to meet the challenge of its ageing workforce and ensure continued growth. ESF programmes focus on getting more people into work through supporting education, training and job creation for the unemployed, women, people with a migration background and other disadvantaged groups.
ESF funding is helping Czech workers to take an active part in their country’s future growth through improved education and training opportunities, better adaptation of training to the needs of the market, and better job opportunities for all. And improvements to the education system are under way that will equip Czech graduates with the high-level skills needed to thrive in an innovative, competitive economy.
Denmark is spending over EUR 500 million on its ‘More and Better Jobs’ ESF programme to equip more of its people with more and better skills. This is vital to nurture high living standards, improve competitiveness and ensure that an ageing population does not put future growth at risk. Danish ESF spending is also boosting the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation among many social groups.
Estonia is nurturing high-technology and knowledge-based industries and services that need new workers – with the skills and know-how to ensure success and growth. So ESF funding is helping Estonian workers join in and drive this transformation – by off ering opportunities for training and lifelong learning, updating the education system for young people, and ensuring everyone – from all social groups – has the chance to embrace change.