Recent social policy developments in Germany and Ireland
Two new Flash Reports prepared by the European Social Policy Network (ESPN) are now available and provide information on recent social policy developments in Germany and Ireland.
European Skills Agenda & Youth Employment Support: one year on
Already one year has passed since the European Skills Agenda saw the light of day. Time to take stock and look ahead.
European alliance calls on EU governments to implement convention on domestic workers
In Europe, about 9.5 million people work as domestic workers, including millions of home care workers. The European Commission and an alliance of employers, trade unions, civil society organisations as well as international institutions call on EU governments to better protect them by ratifying and implementing the ILO Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No.189).
Updated EPIC country profiles on child and family policies are published
The European Platform for Investing in Children has published updated country profiles which provide an overview of child and family policies in each EU Member State.
EaSI strand participating countries can apply for EU co-financing for their National Contact Points
On 10 June 2021 the call for proposals for EU co-financing for National Contact Points (NCPs) for the Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) strand of ESF+ was published and it is open for applicants as of 13 June 2021.
A new study highlights challenges and working conditions of seasonal workers in the EU
According to a study published today by the European Commission about 650,000 to 850,000 EU citizens carry out seasonal work in another EU country. They face key challenges as access to social protection and adequate working conditions.
Protecting people working through platforms: Commission launches second-stage consultation of social partners
Today, the Commission launches the second-stage consultation of European social partners on how to improve the working conditions for people working through digital labour platforms.
Council adopts European Child Guarantee
The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) has adopted the Commission proposal on establishing a European Child Guarantee.
Growing old in Europe: two new reports shed light on long-term care and pensions across the EU
On 14 June 2021, the Council of the EU endorsed the key conclusions of the 2021 reports on long-term care and on pension adequacy, that illustrate the situation of older people in the EU.
Green light for ESF+ from European Parliament and Council
The European Parliament gave the final approval for the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) Regulation, worth €99.3 billion (in current prices), at its plenary session on Tuesday, 8 June 2021.