Responsibility for policy in the field of employment, social affairs and inclusion is shared between the EU and its member countries. The European Commission:
- coordinates and monitors national policies;
- promotes the sharing of best practices in fields like employment, poverty and social exclusion and pensions;
- makes laws and monitors their implementation in areas like rights at work and coordination of social security schemes.
- Employment and Social Development Quarterly Review - February 2018 11. February 2018 23:00Backed by a robust economic growth, employment in the EU continued to rise more strongly than expected in the third quarter of 2017, while unemployment figures declined further according to the latest Quarterly Review on Employment and Social Developments in Europe.
- Commission proposes €2.1 million euro from Globalisation Fund for former Goodyear workers in Germany 8. February 2018 23:00The European Commission has proposed a €2.1 million contribution from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 646 workers in Germany previously employed at the tyre manufacturer Goodyear find new jobs.
- European Commission hosts regional conference on employment and social reforms in the Western Balkans and Turkey 8. February 2018 23:00The Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion hosted the first regional conference on employment and social reforms with its partners from the Western Balkans and Turkey in Belgrade on 31 January 2018.
- Recent social policy developments in the Netherlands and Serbia 7. February 2018 23:00Two new Flash Reports prepared by the European Social Policy Network (ESPN) are now available and provide information on recent social policy developments in the Netherlands and Serbia.
- Recent social policy developments in Finland 31. January 2018 23:00Two new flash reports prepared by the European Social Policy Network (ESPN) are now available and cover recent social policy developments in Finland: new forms of unemployment protection for the self-employed and the problems that the Finnish government’s social and healthcare reform is facing.
- Social Agenda 50 – The new social dimension 29. January 2018 23:00The latest edition of our Social Agenda magazine explains how the European Pillar of Social Rights, proclaimed by EU leaders last November, sets the stage for a more united and democratic EU and is strengthening the social dimension of EU economic governance.
- Latest update of MISSOC information (as of July 2017) on national social protection systems now available 28. January 2018 23:00Updated information on social protection systems in all EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland – including brief descriptions of their organisation and information on the social protection for the self-employed – is now available in English, French and German on the MISSOC website.
- Boost of €100 million for microfinance and social enterprises in Europe 22. January 2018 23:00The EU's financing programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) will receive an additional €100 million for its Guarantee scheme from the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the core of the Investment Plan for Europe.
- FEAD's case study catalogue launched 21. January 2018 23:00The Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) has launched its case study catalogue which provides a snapshot of the projects and initiatives that were funded across the EU throughout 2017.
- Recent social policy developments in Germany, Luxembourg, Malta and Portugal 18. January 2018 23:00Four new Flash Reports prepared by the European Social Policy Network (ESPN) are now available and provide information on recent policy developments in Germany, Luxembourg, Malta and Portugal.