April 2021 developments in child and family policy in EU member states
The European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC) presents a round-up of the latest developments in child and family policy in EU member states in April 2021. Each piece of news contains a link to the original source, which may be in a language other than English. In most cases, they are press releases from the relevant ministries.
Employment and social innovation: new loans worth €8 million for small businesses in Lithuania
The Lithuanian Credit Union LKU Group (LCCU) has signed a guarantee agreement with European Investment Fund (EIF) under the EU programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI). The guarantee will back a portfolio of around 320 new microloans to small businesses and micro-enterprises in Lithuania, for a total of up to €8 million
Coronavirus: European Commission proposes €3.7 million to support nearly 1,500 dismissed airport workers in Belgium
Today, the European Commission proposes to support close to 1,500 former workers of the aviation services company Swissport Belgium, who lost their jobs due to the impact of the coronavirus crisis on air transport activities.
Globalisation: European Commission proposes € 1.1 million to support 500 dismissed foundry workers in Germany
Today, the European Commission proposes to support close to 500 former workers of the metal-works factories of GMH Guss in Germany, who lost their employment after several client companies relocated their production to countries outside the European Union.
Social partners fully engage in the new EU Strategic Framework on Occupational safety and health
The dedicated consultation on 21 April showed that social partners are key actors in ensuring health and safety at work, which has become more important during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Draft EQAVET peer review concept available
The draft paper presents the methodological proposal for the EQAVET Network’s approach to system level Peer Reviews.
Education and skills: Commission launches public consultation to support lifelong learning and employability
The European Commission has launched a public consultation on an initiative to recognize short, targeted learning courses, so-called “micro-credentials”.
E-vouchers for social inclusion under the new ESF+: New study available
The study provides in-depth evidence on the operation of existing e-voucher schemes in EU Member States, and analysis on the feasibility of support of such schemes by the ESF+.
PES Network Stakeholder Conference 2021: Registration now open!
Everything you always wanted to know about ‘the Power of PES Partnerships’ can be found at the online 2021 Stakeholder Conference of the European Network of Public Employment Services (PES Network), 20-22 April 2021!
Coronavirus: Commission proposes €4.5 million to support over 5,000 dismissed tourism workers or self-employed in Estonia
The European Commission proposes to support over 5,000 tourism workers and self-employed in Estonia who lost their jobs or whose activities have ceased as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.