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European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) 2021-2027 [EU Legislation in Progress]

In preparation for the upcoming Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027, the European Commission published a proposal for a regulation on the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) on 30 May 2018. Continue reading

Future of Europe debates: Parliament hosts Heads of State or Government

Against the background of the many challenges which the European Union has faced in recent years, the European Parliament has taken the lead in launching and hosting a series of high-profile debates on the Future of Europe, intended to run for the whole of 2018. Continue reading

The Future of Europe: Contours of the current debate

In the aftermath of the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union (EU), following the referendum of June 2016, the EU launched a profound reflection on the Future of Europe, which continues in various fora and institutions. Continue reading

Social Summit on jobs and growth for a stronger social Europe

The Gothenburg Social Summit (17 November 2017) is an important milestone in the ongoing discussions on the future of Europe. Continue reading

Road transport: Driving, breaks, rest times and tachographs [EU Legislation in Progress]

Road haulage is important for the EU transport economy: in 2015, it accounted for almost 50 % of freight transport. Continue reading

Reflection paper on the social dimension of the EU

Written by Nora Milotay, The paper on the EU’s social dimension, the first of five papers within the white paper process, is the European Commission’s contribution to a debate among the leaders of the 27 Member States (other than the UK), EU institutions, social partners and citizens on two major issues in the social and … Continue reading

Measures to tackle youth unemployment, are they enough?

Written by Richard Freedman in cooperation with Marie Lecerf The figures are stark. More than 4.5 million young people (aged 15-24 years) are unemployed today in the EU. The EU youth unemployment rate is more than double the overall unemployment rate (20% compared with 9%) and masks big differences between countries: there is a gap … Continue reading

European Union pensions policy

Although Member States have the primary responsibility for designing their pension systems, major demographic changes along with strong economic shocks make the case for updating the European Union’s role as regards pensions. The European Commission’s 2012 White Paper on pensions has been fundamental to this process. Describing how the European Union (EU) could best help Member States to provide … Continue reading

Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived

A €3.5 billion Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) is poised to replace and expand on the EU food aid programme discontinued last year. It aims to support MemberState schemes providing food to the poorest, as well as clothing and other essential goods to the most deprived. Poverty and social exclusion in … Continue reading

The new European Social Fund for 2014-20

The European Social Fund (ESF) is the EU’s main tool to support employment through investing in human capital. Two proposed Regulations for 2014-20 establish new ESF priorities and funding rules. During trilogue negotiations, compromise on several issues proved very difficult to reach. Common provisions – initial proposal The Common Provisions Regulation (CPR) is a general … Continue reading

The social dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union

Updated on 30 October 2013 In response to the economic crisis, a number of EU-level measures have been taken in the last five years to reinforce economic governance and  improve the functioning of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). With the aim of further deepening social and economic integration in the euro area, the European Commission put … Continue reading

Child poverty and social exclusion: A framework for European action

More than one child in four in the European Union (EU) is at risk of poverty and social exclusion. The poverty rate for children is higher than that for any other age group, though it varies widely across Member States (MS). Over the past decade, exchanges between EU institutions, MS and civil society have led … Continue reading

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