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ESPN synthesis report: Access to essential services for people on low incomes in Europe
The synthesis report from the European Social Policy Network (ESPN) analyses the measures, policy frameworks and reforms that countries have put in place to help people on low incomes to access essential services. It covers the 27 EU Member States and 8 other European countries, and will inform the EU action plan to implement the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights.
Relaunch of the European Partnership on Integration
This partnership is an excellent example of how the Commission and the social partners can join forces to reach concrete results.
Cohesion policy invested EUR 23 Billion during the first semester of 2020
The Commission has released financial data on cohesion policy implementation in the first half of 2020 on the ESIF Open Data Platform. More than EUR 23 billion was invested across the Union under the 4 cohesion policy funds.
Six new transnational cooperation projects to develop sectoral skills selected for Erasmus+ funding
The initiatives have been selected with a view to implementing the Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills framework.
Joining forces across the EU to tackle undeclared work
Undeclared work puts workers at a multitude of risks, undermines public finances and threatens the financial sustainability of social protection systems. While tackling undeclared work is primarily the responsibility of national authorities, this continuing challenge often has an important cross-border dimension.
SELFIE for work-based learning (WBL): Start of pilot phase
SELFIE is a voluntary self-reflection tool, free of charge, made available for schools, including at upper secondary vocational education and training (VET) level to assess their digital readiness. In September and October, seven countries will conduct pilot testing of SELFIE for WBL.
Have your say: launch of consultation on the European Child Guarantee
The European Commission recently launched a new consultation on the Roadmap for a new initiative on ensuring basic services for all children in need in Europe. The consultation runs until 7 October 2020.
Recent social policy developments in Albania and the UK
Two new Flash Reports prepared by the European Social Policy Network (ESPN) are now available and provide information on the Albanian National Action Plan on Ageing 2020-2024, and the “Help to Buy” scheme in the UK.
COVID-19: Socio-economic consequences and policy responses in 16 European countries
Sixteen Flash Reports prepared by the European Social Policy Network (ESPN) are now available and offer key information on the ongoing crisis from a social policy perspective as well as brief assessments.
Tackling undeclared work – success stories from various sectors
The COVID 19 pandemic has placed undeclared workers under the spotlight, particularly in key sectors such as cleaning and care services, agriculture and tourism. What can be done to prevent and address undeclared work in these sectors? This article briefly presents some lessons learned through the European Platform tackling undeclared work since 2016.