Recent social policy developments in Greece, Lithuania, Slovenia and Sweden
Four new Flash Reports prepared by the European Social Policy Network (ESPN) are now available and provide information on the reform of the Greek social insurance system, educational inequality in Lithuania, changes to the Slovenian unemployment benefit scheme and the privatisation of employment services in Sweden.
Coronavirus: Commission mobilises all of its resources to protect lives and livelihoods
The Commission is further increasing its response by proposing to set up a €100 billion solidarity instrument to help workers keep their incomes and help businesses stay afloat, called SURE.
Four years on: European Platform acts as catalyst for cross-border cooperation to tackle undeclared work, but challenges remain
Today, the Commission adopted a report on Member States’ cooperation in tackling undeclared work, evaluating the efforts of the European Platform tackling Undeclared Work.
Recent social policy developments in Estonia, Luxembourg and Romania
Four new Flash Reports prepared by the European Social Policy Network (ESPN) are now available and provide information on the Estonian pension reform bill and unemployment protection system, housing policy in Luxembourg as well as the debate in Romania on “special pensions”.
Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative adopted
The Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative has been adopted and will enter into force on 1 April. €37 billion of cohesion policy money will strengthen healthcare systems, support SMEs, short-term employment schemes, and community-based services.
Coronavirus: Commission presents practical guidance to ensure the free movement of critical workers
The Commission has issued new practical advice to ensure that mobile workers within the EU, in particular those in critical occupations to fight the coronavirus pandemic, can reach their workplace.
COVID-19: Commission welcomes political agreement on the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative
The European Commission welcomed the European Parliament's adoption of the Commission's proposal for a Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative.
Recent social policy developments in Cyprus, Spain and Latvia
Four new Flash Reports prepared by the European Social Policy Network (ESPN) are now available and provide information on the new healthcare system and the momentum towards a national minimum wage in Cyprus, the Spanish National Strategy against Energy Poverty 2019-2024 as well as the role of the judiciary in social policy-making in Latvia.
COVID-19: EU to provide financial support for national, regional and local communities fighting Coronavirus
On 18 March 2020 Commissioners Elisa Ferreira responsible for Cohesion and Reforms and Nicolas Schmit responsible for Jobs and Social Rights have sent letters to all the EU countries to inform them on the individual support they can receive under the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative (CRII).
Nine microfinance institutions awarded under the European Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit Provision
On 13 February 2020, nine microfinance institutions were awarded the European Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit Provision, a quality label that promotes best practices within the microfinance sector.