Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

Active inclusion


Active inclusion means enabling every citizen, notably the most disadvantaged, to fully participate in society, including having a job.

In practical terms, that means:

  • adequate income support together with help to get a job. This could be by linking out-of-work and in-work benefits, and by helping people to access the benefits they are entitled to
  • inclusive labour markets – making it easier for people to join the work force, tackling in-work poverty, avoiding poverty traps and disincentives to work
  • access to quality services helping people participate actively in society, including getting back to work.


Active inclusion is intended to tackle various challenges:

Policy response

The Social Investment Package (SIP) stresses the importance of activating and enabling services:

The Social Investment Package underlines the importance of reducing administrative burdens and simplifying the benefit systems through mechanisms such as "one-stop shops".

Individual contracts between service providers and participants, setting out their rights and obligations, empower the individual and contribute to developing human capital.


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