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Electronic Exchange of Social Security Information (EESSI) by EUbusiness — last modified 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.
Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting by EUbusiness — last modified 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 by EUbusiness — last modified 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.
Evaluation of European Social Fund 2007-2013 by EUbusiness — last modified 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.
Better social statistics for a social Europe by EUbusiness — last modified 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.
Public consultation on the European Pillar of Social Rights by EUbusiness — last modified 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.
EU gender equality intiatives by EUbusiness — last modified 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.
2015 Employment and Social Developments in Europe Review by EUbusiness — last modified 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 by EUbusiness — last modified 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 by EUbusiness — last modified 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.
New framework for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment by EUbusiness — last modified 22 September 2015, 23:48 CET
The European Commission and the European External Action Service adopted on 20 September a new framework for the EU's activities on gender equality and women's empowerment in EU's external relations.
Long-term unemployment: Commission guidance to EU Member States by EUbusiness — last modified 17 September 2015, 18:29 CET
The European Commission proposed on 17 September guidance to Member States to better help long-term unemployed return to work.
Simplifying access to European Structural and Investment Funds by EUbusiness — last modified 09 June 2015, 20:39 CET
The European Commission announced on 9 June its intention to create a High Level Group on simplification. Its aim is to reduce the administrative burden for beneficiaries to access the five European Structural and Investment Funds– the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.
EU social policy - orientation debate by EUbusiness — last modified 09 June 2015, 20:33 CET
The Commission held an orientation debate on 9 June to discuss how EU policy can best address social and employment challenges in Europe. EC president Juncker's political guidelines already underline the need for social fairness and aim to reinforce principles of a European Social Market Economy. The outcome of today's debate will feed into the Commission's work programme for the rest of the mandate.
EU Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review March 2015 by EUbusiness — last modified 13 April 2015, 23:49 CET
The economic situation in the EU has started gradually improving nearly two years ago, and most Member States have recently registered positive GDP growth. Employment has started picking up, with improvements now materialising in most sectors, according to the latest Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review.
Gender equality: challenges for the EU by EUbusiness — last modified 05 March 2015, 15:40 CET
Ahead of International Women's Day (8 March), the European Commission is reaffirming its commitment to tackle gender inequalities across the EU.
Employment and Social Developments in Europe 2014 by EUbusiness — last modified 15 January 2015, 21:43 CET
Countries providing high quality jobs and effective social protection as well as investment in human capital have proved to be more resilient to the economic crisis. This is one of the main findings of the 2014 Employment and Social Developments in Europe Review, which has looked back to the consequences of the recession. It also stresses the need to invest in the formation and maintenance of the right skills of the workforce to support productivity, as well as the challenge of restoring convergence among Member States.
Access City Award 2015 for disabled-friendly cities by EUbusiness — last modified 04 December 2014, 11:04 CET
The 2015 Access City Award has been won by the Swedish city of Borås, the European Commission announced on 3 December. The Award recognises Borås's comprehensive and strategic approach to creating an accessible city for all; a good example of local action to help removing the many barriers that people with disabilities still face in their daily life.
Draft Joint Employment Report - guide by EUbusiness — last modified 28 November 2014, 18:03 CET
The new cycle of the European Semester, the EU's yearly economic policy-making cycle, has been launched with the publication of the Annual Growth Survey 2015 by the European Commission. The latest draft Joint Employment Report, which accompanies the Annual Growth Survey 2015 analyses employment and social trends and challenges as well as presents the policy responses deployed by Member States to improve the employment and social performance. It also contains the second edition of the scoreboard of key employment and social indicators introduced to strengthen the social dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union by gaining a better understanding of the labour market and social developments at risk. The Report serves as a basis for further analysis, surveillance and coordination throughout the European Semester.
Erasmus Impact Study: key findings by EUbusiness — last modified 22 September 2014, 18:49 CET
Young people who study or train abroad not only gain knowledge in specific disciplines, but also strengthen key transversal skills which are highly valued by employers. A new study on the impact of the European Union's Erasmus student exchange programme shows that graduates with international experience fare much better on the job market. They are half as likely to experience long-term unemployment compared with those who have not studied or trained abroad and, five years after graduation, their unemployment rate is 23% lower. The study, compiled by independent experts, is the largest of its kind and received feedback from nearly 80 000 respondents including students and businesses.