Lithuania is focusing on ensuring high-quality jobs and social inclusion, promoting lifelong learning, increasing the opportunities for its technical graduates and boosting the efficiency of public administration. Through these activities, ESF funding is helping citizens take an active and equal part in the country’s economic future, with particular attention to those most affected by the recent rise in unemployment.
Malta is investing over EUR 131 million in measures aimed at improving the qualifications, skills and active participation of its workforce. With limited natural resources, Malta’s economy is more dependent than others on the quality of its workers and their ability to adapt to changing circumstances. So ESF funding is helping to build a culture of education and training in Malta and encouraging a greater level of participation in working life.
Poland is using ESF funds to boost the links between science, innovation and industry and to train the highly qualified workers companies need as the economy switches towards more technology-oriented sectors. Reforms to the education and training system are under way to support this effort. And the job prospects of disadvantaged groups are being improved through training and social enterprise.
Romania is deploying ESF funds to give its people the jobs and skills they need to benefit from the modernisation of its economy and convergence to EU living standards. Projects are addressing a wide range of activities, from education and training to helping the young, older workers and women gain access to work and careers. And Romania is building a fairer society with focused efforts to help poor, rural populations and its Roma citizens to get the same opportunities for education and jobs as everyone else.
Slovakia is using ESF funding to tackle high-levels of long-term unemployment and significant regional disparities. Over EUR 1.7 billion is being invested in a wide range of projects aimed at improving the situation for employment and social inclusion through support for jobs and better access to quality education and lifelong learning opportunities – key factors for future economic growth.
Slovenia is using ESF funding to address two main challenges. First, it aims to give its workers, its older workers and its young people the skills to benefit from future economic growth. Second, the objective is to ensure that disadvantaged groups – including the Roma – are not left behind, by taking measures to enhance social cohesion.
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.