This thematic paper provides an overview of the European Social Fund's track record in supporting initiatives for combatting youth unemployment and its potential to provide further and better targeted support to young people in the 2014-20 programming period. The brochure furthermore details the legal context, functioning and objectives of the newly launched Youth Employment Initiative which represents substantial dedicated funding to support Member State policies to combat youth unemployment.
A Peer Review held in Zagreb (Croatia) in October 2013 focused on how Croatia is aiming to boost this sector through its Strategy for Social Entrepreneurship (2014-2020). This report summarises the key issues discussed and the lessons learned. It is available in electronic format in English, French, German and Croatian.
Members of the EU Network of Independent Experts on Social Inclusion assessed, from a social inclusion perspective, their countries’ National Reform Programmes (NRP) and - when available Social Strategic Reports. In particular, they assessed the extent to which the measures outlined in the NRPs (and SSRs) are likely to ensure progress towards the achievement of the Europe 2020’s social inclusion objectives and target. This short report summarises the main findings of the independent experts’ country analyses. It also puts forward concrete suggestions for strengthening the social inclusion dimension of the NRP process in future. It is available online in English, French and German.
This edition of the annual review of the social situation in the European Union by the Social Protection Committee (SPC) delivers on its core Treaty task to monitor the social situation in the Member States and the EU (art. 160 of TFEU). The report focuses on the results from the latest edition of the Social Protection Performance Monitor with a view to analysing the most recent trends in the social situation in Europe, providing an in-depth review of key challenges and identifying the social trends to watch for 2013. This publication is available in electronic format in English.
EU countries face a common challenge: maintaining and improving the quality of elderly care while ensuring it is both accessible and financially sustainable. A peer review in Stockholm (September 2013) explored the Swedish approach to care reform, and organised a common discussion with peer countries and stakeholders on these topics. This report summarises the key issues discussed and the lessons learned. It is available in electronic format in English, French, German and Swedish.
This policy brief was produced by the OECD and the European Commission to explore barriers in access to finance by social groups who are disadvantaged or under-represented in entrepreneurship and to describe policies which can address these barriers. It presents data on the extent to which entrepreneurs from disadvantaged groups obtain external finance. It then sets out the traditional policy instruments of grants and soft loans together with newer and emerging policies such as loan guarantees, microcredit, crowdfunding, business angels and Islamic finance. In addition to supply-side instruments, the role of financial education is also explained. Finally, the brief gives a number of examples of policy approaches that have been successful in European Union Member States. This brochure is available online in English, German and French.
The Social Europe guide is a bi-annual publication aimed at providing an interested but not necessarily specialised audience with 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.
Volume 6 looks at the origin and purpose of labour market rules across the EU. It highlights the importance of ensuring good and healthy working conditions and a level playing field in the Single Market. It explains the respective roles the EU institutions and Member States play in shaping the legislation on employment and working conditions: in general, EU rules help to set minimum standards and requirements to underpin national laws, aiming to ensure the realization of the values set out in the EU's founding Treaties. The guide also explains how EU labour law has been influenced by international standards and the role the EU plays in promoting decent work across the world.
The guide will be available in printed format in German, English and French.
The changing economic and social climate over the past years has caused a rethink of policies governing the labour market, social inclusion and education. The current emphasis is on anti-crisis, short-term measures aimed at limiting unemployment and reigning in social disparities. Nonetheless, the number of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU now accounts for nearly one-fourth of the EU population. The European Social Fund is playing a key role in helping Member States increase employment and skills by training their work force, reducing poverty and cut across bottle-necks in the job market by reforming education and training systems and boosting worker mobility.
A well run public administration system benefits people and business. The ongoing economic challenges mean less money is available for administrative activities: but good governance and legal certainty is central to economic growth. Through support to organisational and technological innovation via improvement of systems, structures and processes, human resources and service delivery, the European Social Fund is helping administrations across the EU rise to the challenge.
This year’s ESDE report offers an in-depth and wide-ranging review of key labour market and social challenges facing the EU as it slowly emerges from recession. Where will Europe’s new jobs come from in an increasingly competitive global economy? Will active inclusion policies support help address rising levels of poverty among those of working age? Will the improvement in the position of women on the labour market during the crisis be sustained or slip away with the recovery? Is the divisive issue of undeclared work being effectively addressed? Will all Member States progress equally, or do the weakest risk falling further behind? Have national social security systems been effective and efficient in maintaining incomes during the recession and in addressing their longer-term goals? Do we need to adapt the ways we measure economic and social progress in order to take proper account of inequalities? The report will be available in printed and electronic format in English. All the graphs and tables can be downloaded both in gif and excel format by accessing the individual chapters.