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Social Policy in the EU

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

EU work-life balance directive comes into force
An EU Directive on work-life balance, which came into force Thursday, aims to increase the participation of women in the labour market and the take-up of parental leave and flexible working arrangements.

Cocaine seizures in Europe hit all-time high: EU drugs report
Seizures of cocaine are at record levels in Europe, with signs of an increase in the drug's availability, according to the European Drug Report released by the EU's drugs agency on Thursday.

Final approval for new EU rules to reconcile work and family life
New rules on paternity leave and non-transferable parental leave, given final approval by MEPs on Thursday, strengthen the role of a father and boost women’s representation in the workplace.

'Fairer rules' on social security agreed for workers abroad
The EU institutions came to a provisional agreement Wednesday on new rules to ensure 'fair and clear' access to social security benefits for EU workers who have moved to a different EU country.

Drug use increase in European cities: wastewater report
The latest findings from the largest European project in the emerging science of wastewater analysis were presented Thursday by the Europe-wide SCORE group, in association with the EU drugs agency.

2019 Gender Equality report
On the occasion of this year's International Women's Day, the European Commission published its 2019 report on equality between women and men in the EU.

Red tape cut for those who move to another EU Member State
From 16 February, bureaucratic procedures for citizens who need to present a public document to get married or start a job in the country they live in have been cut across the European Union.

Family law
Family law is the competence of EU countries, and EU rules apply only in cross-border cases. Overview of family matters - Divorce and separation - Children's wellbeing - Property of international couples (marriages and registered partnerships) - Successions and wills - Civil status documents

New EU property regime for international couples in force
New EU regulations establishing clear rules applicable to property regimes for international married couples or registered partnerships in cases of divorce or death apply as of Tuesday.

EU agrees better work-life balance for parents and carers
The EU institutions reached a provisional agreement Friday on a proposal to improve access for working parents to work-life balance arrangements such as leaves and flexible working arrangements.

Antisemitism in Europe: Eurobarometer survey
Of all the antisemitic expressions, denying the Holocaust is seen also by the general public as the most problematic, albeit by a significantly lower number, namely only one in two (53%),according to the EU's latest Eurobarometer of pubic opinion, published on 22 January 2019.

Brussels consults on EU equal pay guarantee
The European Commission has launched a public consultation to gather information on the impact of EU rules on equal pay and how to better implement and enforce the EU equal pay principles.

Ministers agree update to EU rules on protecting children in cross-border family disputes
EU Justice Ministers have reached a political agreement on a proposal to update the rules that protect children in cross-border family proceedings, including international child abduction.

9 out of 10 European Jews see rise in antisemitism
9 out of 10 European Jews feel antisemitism has increased over the past five years, particularly on the internet and on social media, says a poll by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, published Monday.

Elimination of violence against women
Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread and devastating human rights violations across the globe. The European Union has put substantial actions in place to ensure violence against girls and women is ended once and for all.

EU Parliament, Council strike deal on accessibility
Key products and services such as smartphones, ticketing machines and banking services will have to be made more accessible to people with disabilities following a deal by Parliament and Council Thursday.

European Accessibility Act
The European Accessibility Act aims to improve the functioning of the internal market for accessible products and services by removing barriers created by divergent legislation. This will facilitate the work of companies and will bring benefits for persons with disabilities and elderly people in the EU.

EU-UN Spotlight Initiative to eliminate violence against women and girls
The European Union and the United Nations announced on 27 September a EUR 50 million programme to end femicide in Latin America as part of the Spotlight Initiative, a partnership to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, backed by an initial EUR 500 million.

Employment and Social Developments in Europe: 2018 review
This year's edition of the European Commission's yearly Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) review confirms confirms the ongoing positive labour market trends as well as an improving social situation. The numbers of people in employment reached new record levels. At the same time we witness rising disposable incomes and lower levels of poverty. Severe material deprivation has receded to an all-time low, with 16.1 million fewer people affected, compared with 2012.

New social fund, double Erasmus funding in new EU Budget
For the next long-term EU budget, the EU Commission proposes to reinforce and better target several existing Funds including a new European Social Fund and double funding for Erasmus to EUR 30 bn.

New Social Fund and Globalisation Adjustment Fund for the period 2021-2027
As part of its proposals for a long-term EU Budget for the period 2021-2027, the European Commission proposes to establish a renewed European Social Fund, the 'European Social Fund Plus' (ESF+).

Member States need to do more on pensions, says EU
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
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
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
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.