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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.
Labour market policies are financial and practical policies that can help people in disadvantaged groups in the labour market move from inactivity and unemployment into employment or find better fitting jobs. They are varied and include job searching mechanisms, activation interventions and income supports (unemployment benefits). A set of these policies are grouped together as "measures" or activation policies and include training, employment incentives, supported employment and rehabilitation, direct job creation, start-up incentives. The publication provides data on expenditure and participants in the different types of LMP intervention in 29 countries (EU Member States plus Norway) as well as related indicators that are used for monitoring the Employment Guidelines.
To thrive in a fast-changing world, everyone, including adults, needs a wide range of knowledge and skills – and to keep developing them throughout life. The objective of the European Agenda for Adult Learning is to encourage more adults to return to learning. To accomplish this, the EU and Member States have adopted a diverse array of strategies, tools and policy initiatives aimed at improving the availability and overall quality, quantity and accessibility of adult learning opportunities.
The EU Youth Guarantee has got off to a good start: in 2014 and 2015, it made a difference in the lives of more than 9 million young people across Europe and it is driving in-depth structural reforms in the Member States. Social Agenda n°46 explains how and highlights what more needs to be done to accelerate and release the full potential of the national plans for implementing the Youth Guarantee. With a blueprint of a European Pillar of Social Rights due for adoption in 2017, Social Agenda also explains the context in which this initiative was born. And it puts the spotlight on plans to achieve more evidence-based social policy making by modernising the way data from social surveys is collected and used across the EU.
This report presents the findings of the joint Australia/Europe working group on a comparative analysis of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). The purpose of this report is to analyse and document the technical and conceptual characteristics of the EQF and the AQF in their operational contexts, and systematically identify key elements of their comparability, similarities and differences.
This brochure describes how the European Social Fund (ESF) supports people who may otherwise not get the opportunity to attend training, obtain qualifications and get good jobs. Due to its size and scope, the Fund has a big influence on the labour market and society at large. In some countries, around 90% of the actual expenditure for labour market measures comes from the ESF. The Fund is the EU’s main tool for meeting its targets for increasing employment, reducing poverty and improving educational achievement across the Union. The publication explains how the ESF works, and presents results obtained so far from the 2007-2013 funding period and some true-life examples of how it has helped some of the millions of people it supports every year.