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.
- Recent social protection developments concerning long-term care (Austria) and old-age pensions (Serbia and Slovenia) 13. August 2017 22:00Three new Flash Reports prepared by the European Social policy Network (ESPN) are now available and provide information on recent social protection developments concerning long-term care (Austria) and old-age pensions (Serbia and Slovenia):
- Recent social protection and social inclusion developments in Austria, Belgium, Iceland, Norway and Spain 8. August 2017 22:00Six new Flash Reports prepared by the European Social policy Network (ESPN) are now available and provide information on recent social protection and social inclusion developments in the field of employment (Belgium, Iceland and Spain), access to social security benefits (Norway), access to minimum income (Austria) and housing (Iceland):
- Social Agenda 48 is out – Spotlight on the Social Pillar 7. August 2017 22:00The July issue of Social Agenda is all about what the European Pillar of Social Rights means in practice.
- Good practices for social enterprises – Joint Commission and OECD report 3. August 2017 22:00The report 'Boosting social enterprise development – Good Practice compendium' contains a rich collection of initiatives aimed at boosting social enterprise developments. It was jointly published by the European Commission Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
- Fund for European aid to the most deprived helped 14 million people in 2015 30. July 2017 22:00The Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) supports the most disadvantaged groups in society, by providing food, basic goods such as clothing, footwear and toiletries, or by organising social inclusion activities.
- Learning Exchange on ‘Segmentation – tailoring online services for the unemployed’, Manchester, UK, 4-5 December 2017 29. July 2017 22:00With the introduction of Universal Credit in the UK, the delivery model financial support for unemployed is radically changing. To ensure that this new delivery model maintains current performance, provides a tailored service for the unemployed and does this without additional resource, it will have to increasingly rely on automation and build a more effective diagnostic approach for caseworkers. Effective and efficient segmentation will be key to deliver this increasingly automated yet tailored approach.
- First full version of the European classification of Skills, Competences, Occupations and Qualifications is live! 27. July 2017 22:00The Commission has launched the first full version of the European classification of Skills, Competences, Occupations and Qualifications (ESCO). The classification is available in 26 languages (the 24 EU languages, Icelandic and Norwegian).
- Learning Exchange on ‘Improving measures for integration of the long-term unemployed into the labour market’, Zagreb, Croatia, 9-10 November 2017 27. July 2017 22:00While Croatia has taken a number of steps to integrate the long-term unemployed (LTU) into the labour market, the rate of unemployment for this group remains high. The Employment Committee (EMCO) has indicated room for improvement, in particular through the involvement of employers, the exchange of information and PES capacity.
- Peer Review on ‘Joint operation groups between public agencies – an effective tool to prevent and tackle undeclared work’, Oslo, Norway, 25-26 September 2017 27. July 2017 22:00In some sectors undeclared work has increasingly become a challenge. Individuals and businesses that systematically breach legislation have a disruptive effect on all working life. Social fraud, violation of tax regulation and other forms of irregular activities are ever more organised and often contain cross-border elements. Cooperation between national public agencies and across borders is necessary to combat the proliferation of undeclared work.
- Peer Review ‘Towards a more dynamic collective bargaining’, Lisbon, Portugal, 23-24 October 2017 27. July 2017 22:00Following recent labour market reforms in Portugal, the extension by administrative decision of collective agreements and the expiration or renewal of collective agreements have been contentious issues in the Portuguese industrial/ labour relations debate.