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EPSCO informal video conference on European Pillar of Social Rights action plan
On 22 February 2021, EMCO Chair Ms Ilze Zvidrina took part in the informal video conference of EPSCO Ministers under the Portuguese presidency of the Council of the EU, dedicated to ‘Jobs, skills and cohesion: priorities for a strong social Europe’.
New study available on the impact of EU policies on the social economy
A new European Commission study on the impact of the Social Business Initiative (SBI) between 2011 and 2020 explains how EU policy succeeded in supporting the social economy and social enterprises.
ESF crucial for European economies and jobs
According to a recent Commission report assessing the European Social Fund (ESF) and Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) support, from 2014 until 2018, approximately 23 million persons participated in ESF actions; 52% of participants were women.
EU and ILO reinforce cooperation to shape just recovery from crisis and promote decent work
The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the European Union have reinforced their cooperation to shape the future of work and promote decent work. This will help the EU and the ILO in their responses to the devastating impact of the coronavirus crisis on the world of work.
Report on strengthening EU social dialogue published
A report on strengthening EU social dialogue by Ms Andrea Nahles, Special Advisor on Social Dialogue to Commissioner Nicolas Schmit, has just been published.
Commission welcomes political agreement on the ESF+
The Commission welcomes the political agreement reached between the European Parliament and EU Member States in the Council on the Commission's proposal for a Regulation on the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+).
Recent social policy developments in Denmark, Estonia, Serbia and Turkey
Four new Flash Reports prepared by the European Social Policy Network (ESPN) are now available and provide information on social policy developments related to the Danish, Estonian, Serbian and Turkish labour markets.
Equality: 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the EU
Ten years ago, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) entered into force in the EU. The Convention was a breakthrough for the rights of persons with disabilities and it is the first human rights convention ratified by the EU.
December 2020 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 December 2020. 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.
Eurochild report investigates impacts of COVID-19 on children
Eurochild has published a report that reviews effects of the COVID-19 outbreak on children in 25 European countries (including 23 European Union Member States). The findings suggest that the pandemic had negative effects on children’s mental health and exacerbated societal inequality.