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.
- Combined EU School Fruit, Vegetables and Milk Scheme begins operating in European Schools 6. December 2017 23:00The EU School Fruit, Vegetables and Milk Scheme has become operational for the 2017-2018 academic year.
- European Solidarity Corps: one year since launch 6. December 2017 23:00One year since the European Commission launched the European Solidarity Corps, 42,745 young people from all Member States have signed up. 2,166 of them have started their placements with 1,434 organisations.
- Disadvantaged groups in the labour market: OECD/EU report marks added value of entrepreneurship 4. December 2017 23:00Policy measures to facilitate entrepreneurship among disadvantaged groups can help create jobs and tackle social exclusion, according to The Missing Entrepreneurs 2017, a joint report by the OECD and European Commission.
- French city Lyon rewarded with 2018 Access City Award for putting accessibility at the heart of its city life 4. December 2017 23:00On the occasion of the European Day for People with Disabilities, the European Commission today announced Lyon, France, as the winner of the Access City Award. The city was rewarded for its inclusive and universal accessibility.
- New sources of childcare support for working families in the United Kingdom 29. November 2017 23:00As of September 2017, the UK Government has implemented a universal scheme to provide 3- and 4-year-old children of working parents in England with 30 hours of free childcare per week, an increase from the 15 hours of free provision that has been available to date.
- President Juncker and Prime Minister Löfven present way forward after the Social Summit 27. November 2017 23:00Less than two weeks after the Social Summit, which took place on 17 November in Gothenburg, European Commission President Juncker and Swedish Prime Minister Löfven take stock of its outcome. The concluding report published today will serve to frame the follow-up of the Summit, which starts with the December European Council.
- Commission launches public consultation on a European Labour Authority, as well as a European Social Security Number 26. November 2017 23:00The European Commission has launched a public consultation to gather views of the broader public on setting up a European Labour Authority and the introduction of a European Social Security Number.
- Commission Thyssen attends closing and award ceremony of Vocational Skills Week 23. November 2017 23:00Today, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, will give a keynote speech at the closing event of the second European Vocational Skills Week.
- 8th FEAD Network meeting: ‘The many faces of FEAD’ 22. November 2017 23:00The 8th FEAD Network meeting took place in Paris on 13-14 November. During the two day event, members discussed the ‘many faces of FEAD’ across EU countries and the possible implementations of the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) programme post 2020.
- Eurydice releases new data on language provision for migrant schoolchildren across Europe 22. November 2017 23:00Eurydice, a network that monitors the organisation of education systems across Europe, has released the 2017 edition of Key Data on Teaching Languages at School in Europe.