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

Member States need to do more on pensions, says EU 02 May 2018, 23:37 CET
Further measures are needed if EU Member States are to maintain the income of men and women for the duration of retirement and prevent old-age poverty, an EU report on pensions adequacy said Monday.

European Labour Authority 14 March 2018, 00:25 CET
The European Commission adopted on 13 March a proposal for a Regulation establishing a European Labour Authority.

EU action for women's rights and gender equality 09 March 2018, 00:24 CET
The European Commission set out on 8 March various initiatives it is engaged in in support of women's rights and gender equality.

Employment in EU better than expected in 2017 12 February 2018, 17:47 CET
Backed by robust economic growth, employment in the EU continued to rise more strongly than expected in the third quarter of 2017, while unemployment figures declined further according to new figures.

Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) 05 February 2018, 22:26 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.

Social media record on removing hate speech improves 23 January 2018, 13:28 CET
IT companies removed around 70% of illegal hate speech notified to them, according to an evaluation of the EU Code of Conduct on countering illegal online hate speech carried out by NGOs and public bodies.

EU agrees on access to products and services for disabled people 08 December 2017, 23:41 CET
The EU Council signalled its readiness Thursday to start talks with the European Parliament on the accessibility directive, to make everyday products and services more accessible to people with a disability.

Lyon wins 2018 Access City Award 07 December 2017, 13:48 CET
On the European Day for People with Disabilities, the French city of Lyon was awarded the 2018 Access City Award for its inclusive and universal accessibility. the EU Commission announced on Tuesday.

UK's refusal of transgender pension unlawful: EU Court 05 December 2017, 22:29 CET
A requirement for a transgender person to be unmarried in order to qualify for a state retirement pension is unlawful, according to the Opinion of the Advocate-General of the EU's top Court given Tuesday.

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.