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News and information about the European Union's social policies.

New guidelines to cut EU food waste 16 October 2017, 18:08 CET
Guidelines to lifting barriers to food donation in the EU, just published by the Commission, clarify relevant EU legislation and are seen as a key deliverable of the EU's 'circular economy'.

From institutions to community living - European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights report 12 October 2017, 20:50 CET
Many people with disabilities in the EU still live in institutions. They risk being isolated, marginalised and prevented from living a full, independent life, and face worse conditions than people without disabilities. This calls for systematic changes in the way support for people with disabilities is organised and funded, new reports from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) reveal. They suggest what people with disabilities need from the EU and its Member States to enjoy living independently with community-based support, simply taking public transport or shopping.

Sweden EU's top performer on gender equality 12 October 2017, 20:24 CET
Gender equality in Europe is progressing at a snail's pace, according to an updated Gender Equality Index published Wednesday, showing Sweden as the top-performing country and Greece at the bottom.

MEPs call for EU-wide minimum income 28 September 2017, 22:37 CET
Introducing minimum income schemes in all EU Member States is one of the most effective ways to lift people out of poverty, Euro-MPs on the Parliament's Employment Committee said on Thursday.

Brussels looks to extend scope of EU rules on work contracts 27 September 2017, 00:18 CET
The EU Commission is in talks with trades unions and employers' organisations on making rules on employment contracts fairer and more predictable for all types of workers.

Updating EU rules on employment contracts 26 September 2017, 23:20 CET
The European Commission has entered into further discussions with trade unions and employers' organisations at EU level on how to modernise the rules on employment contracts, in order to make these contracts fairer and more predictable for all types of workers.

EU-UN Spotlight Initiative to eliminate violence against women and girls 21 September 2017, 20:32 CET
The European Union and the United Nations have launched a new partnership to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, backed by an initial dedicated financial envelope of EUR 500 million.

Unfair burden on the young: EU employment review 19 July 2017, 18:08 CET
An annual review of employment and social developments in Europe, published Monday, finds a particularly high burden, exacerbated by demographic ageing, being placed on younger generations.

Brussels launches social security information system 04 July 2017, 17:02 CET
The EU Commission launched Monday a new IT platform that will connect electronically around 15,000 social security institutions of EU Member States plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Electronic Exchange of Social Security Information (EESSI) 04 July 2017, 16:58 CET
EESSI is an IT system that helps social security institutions across to EU exchange information more rapidly and securely, as required by the EU rules on social security coordination. At the moment most exchanges are paper-based: these are going to be replaced by electronic exchanges in the coming years, as EU Member States progress with connecting to EESSI.

Brussels announces portable EU pension plan 29 June 2017, 18:23 CET
The EU Commission announced plans Thursday for a new class of pan-European pension products, allowing European consumers to benefit from more choice when saving for retirement.

Personal Pensions Products 29 June 2017, 18:18 CET
Personal pensions (also known as 'private pensions') are long-term savings products that individuals contribute to on a voluntary basis, complementing state and workplace pensions. They have a role to play in linking long-term savers with long-term investment opportunities. The Commission is exploring ways to increase choices for retirement saving and build an EU market for personal pensions.

Pan-European Personal Pension Product (PEPP) 29 June 2017, 18:12 CET
The European Commission launched on 29 June a new pan-European personal pensions label to help consumers save for retirement.

Non-EU nationals entitled to social benefits: EU Court 21 June 2017, 23:43 CET
A non-EU national holding a single work permit in a Member State enjoys, as a general rule, the social security benefits provided for that state's nationals, the EU's top Court ruled on Wednesday.

EU sets out principles for a social dimension 27 April 2017, 15:50 CET
The EU Commission set out its 'Pillar of Social Rights' Wednesday, setting out principles relating to labour markets and welfare systems and aiming at improving working and living conditions in Europe.

EU guidelines for the promotion and protection of the rights of the child 06 March 2017, 22:32 CET
The EU Council adopted on 6 March 2017 a revision of the 2007 EU guidelines for the promotion and protection of the rights of the child. The guidelines recall international standards on the rights of the child and provide comprehensive guidance as well as concrete ways to promote effectively and protect the rights of the child. With these guidelines, the EU reaffirms its commitment to the comprehensive protection and promotion of the rights of the child in its external human rights policy.

Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting 06 February 2017, 17:43 CET
The European Union has actively participated in international cooperation to promote the elimination of Female Genital Mutilation. Discussion on Female Genital Mutilation is included in human rights and political dialogues with partner countries and in annual dialogues with civil society organisations.

European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 02 February 2017, 17:56 CET
The European Commission presented on 2 February its Progress Report on implementation of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020.

Social rights: EU prepares to address citizens' disconnect 23 January 2017, 17:56 CET
More "fairness and social justice in Europe" is the aim of of the European Commission as it prepared next steps towards a European Pillar of Social Rights Monday at a high level conference in Brussels.

Evaluation of European Social Fund 2007-2013 06 January 2017, 14:03 CET
The European Commission has published an evaluation report of investments under the European Social Fund (ESF) during the 2007-2013 period, with specific reports for each EU Member State.

Fairer rules promised in EU benefits shake-up 15 December 2016, 15:50 CET
The EU Commission unveiled an overhaul of social security rules Wednesday, acknowledging a Brexit campaign which highlighted 'benefits tourism' as a major concern of voters.

Public websites to be accessible to all 27 October 2016, 12:25 CET
The websites of hospitals, courts and other public sector bodies will have to be made accessible to disabled and elderly people, under new EU-wide rules approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday.

Gender employment gap costs Europe EUR 370 bn per year 13 October 2016, 22:36 CET
The total cost of a lower female employment rate in the European Union - more than 10 per cent lower than the male equivalent - is EUR 370 billion, according to a report from Eurofound.

EU proposes ban on new psychoactive substance 01 September 2016, 00:15 CET
The European Commission proposed Wednesday to subject the new psychoactive substance MDMB-CHMICA, sometimes referred to as 'Black Mamba', to control measures across the European Union.

Better social statistics for a social Europe 25 August 2016, 01:00 CET
The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a Regulation on new, integrated ways to collect and use data from social surveys so as to better support policy making in general and social policy in particular.