Social Policy in the EU
News and information about the European Union's social policies.
- 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.
- Cross-border family disputes: new proposals to protect children — 01 July 2016, 00:59 CET
New proposals covering cross-border parental responsibility disputes were set out by the European Commission Thursday, relating to custody, access rights and child abduction.
- More effort needed on Roma integration: EU report — 01 July 2016, 16:09 CET
The European Commission has called for renewed commitment to ensuring equal opportunities and Roma inclusion, after adopting its annual report on Roma integration on Tuesday.
- Nearly 16,000 victims of trafficking in the EU — 19 May 2016, 17:14 CET
15,846 women, men, girls and boys were registered as victims of trafficking in the EU, according to a report presented Thursday by the European Commission on progress in the fight against trafficking in human beings.
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The compendium of good practices collates practices for combating hate crime from across the EU, with a step-by-step description of the practice broken down by country and category. The aim of the compendium is to help policymakers and practitioners such as law enforcement officers understand what is being done elsewhere in the EU to combat hate crime, and which elements could be adapted for use in their own national contexts. The owner of this compendium, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), maintains this section of the website to enhance public access to information about and related to hate crime recording and reporting practices in EU Member States. The practices listed have been submitted by members of the Working Party on Improving Reporting and Recording of Hate Crime in the EU who alone are responsible for the content. FRA accepts no responsibility or liability with regard to the information on this section of the website.
- UK finance minister fights back in bitter budget row — 23 March 2016, 00:56 CET
Britain's finance minister came out fighting Tuesday after welfare cuts
in last week's budget prompted the resignation of a top minister and
unleashed vicious fighting in the Conservative Party before June's EU
- 'Civil war' grips UK government after shock resignation — 20 March 2016, 18:27 CET
A top British eurosceptic minister who quit over welfare cuts launched a damaging attack on Prime Minister David Cameron on Sunday, exposing serious tensions in his government ahead of June's referendum on EU membership.
- EU to allow countries to scrap tampon tax — 18 March 2016, 12:05 CET
The European Union said Thursday it will give its 28 member states the option of completely removing a tax on tampons which feminists had denounced as unfair.
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Commission president Juncker, State of the Union, 9 September 2015: "I will want to develop a European Pillar of Social Rights, which takes account of the changing realities of the world of work and which can serve as a compass for the renewed convergence within the euro area." On 8 March 2016, the European Commission put forward a first, preliminary outline of what should become the European Pillar of Social Rights.
- Public consultation on the European Pillar of Social Rights — 10 March 2016, 18:20 CET
The European Commission presented on 8 March a first, preliminary outline of the European Pillar of Social Rights announced by President Juncker in September last year, and launched a broad public consultation.
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Equality between women and men is one of the European Union's founding values. It goes back to 1957 when the principle of equal pay for equal work became part of the Treaty of Rome. The European Union's achievements in fostering equality between women and men have focused on treatment legislation; mainstreaming (integration of the gender perspective into all other policies); measures for the advancement of women.
- EU gender equality intiatives — 08 March 2016, 15:02 CET
On International Women's Day 2016, here are the priorities of the European Commission in terms of gender equality.
- Barcelona waits for refugees... who aren't coming — 27 February 2016, 13:17 CET
Half a year after Barcelona launched a municipal plan to welcome
refugees fleeing wars in places like Syria and Iraq, Spain's second
largest city is still waiting for them to arrive.
- Welfare benefits at centre of UK's EU renegotiation — 14 February 2016, 12:25 CET
British Prime Minister David Cameron's most controversial demand in EU renegotiations -- which are aimed at avoiding a "Brexit" -- is to curb welfare benefits for European Union migrants in Britain.
- Rise in support for 'Brexit' after EU draft deal: poll — 05 February 2016, 02:32 CET
Support for Britain leaving the European Union has risen since Prime
Minister David Cameron unveiled proposals for a deal to keep the country
in the bloc, according to a poll published on Friday.
- Thailand says 100 held in trafficking blitz on seafood industry — 01 February 2016, 13:02 CET
Thai police said Monday over 100 people have been arrested in a
crackdown on human trafficking since the European Union threatened to
boycott the country's multi-billion dollar fishing industry over the
- Cross-border police op smashes ring trafficking women to Italy — 26 January 2016, 16:17 CET
Police in Albania and three European Union countries have dismantled a
trafficking ring that forced young women to work as prostitutes in
Italy, police in Tirana said Wednesday.
- 2015 Employment and Social Developments in Europe Review — 21 January 2016, 15:43 CET
The Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) review is an annual review of the latest employment and social trends, reflecting on upcoming challenges and possible policy responses.
- International Day for the elimination of Violence against women — 25 November 2015, 00:04 CET
The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (Resolution 54/134). The premise of the day is to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence; furthermore, one of the aims of the day is to highlight that the scale and true nature of the issue is often hidden.
- 2015 Pension Adequacy Report — 05 October 2015, 23:49 CET
A new report shows that EU’s pension systems can be expected to deliver adequate pensions to future generations of retirees provided strong policies to enable workers to stay in jobs until they reach the statutory pension age are pursued.