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

EU steps up efforts to tackle gender pay gap 03 December 2020, 21:54 CET
The EU Council called on the Commission and EU member states Thursday to make greater efforts to reduce the gender pay gap and gender gaps in care, and to combat gender stereotypes.

EU gender equality plan puts women's rights at heart of global recovery 26 November 2020, 17:21 CET
The EU executive and its foreign affairs arm put forward ambitious plans Wednesday to promote gender equality and women's empowerment through all external action of the European Union.

Brussels outlines plan for inclusion of migrants 25 November 2020, 16:50 CET
A new plan on Integration and Inclusion for 2021-2027, unveiled by the EU Commission Tuesday, addresses barriers that hinder participation and inclusion of people with a migrant background in European society.

Action plan on Integration and Inclusion 2021-2027 24 November 2020, 23:20 CET
The European Commission presented on 24 November an action plan on Integration and Inclusion for the period 2021-2027.

Strong take-up of EUR 17 bn inaugural EU 'social bonds' 27 October 2020, 00:31 CET
There was strong investor interest in the EUR 17 billion inaugural 'social bonds' issued Wednesday under the EU's 'SURE' instrument, set up to help protect jobs and keep people in work over the pandemic.

EU SURE social bonds first issue 21 October 2020, 23:53 CET
The European Commission issued a EUR 17 billion inaugural social bond on 21 October under the EU SURE instrument to help protect jobs and keep people in work.

EU to issue EUR 100bn social bonds to protect jobs 08 October 2020, 16:29 CET
The EU Commission announced Wednesday that it will issue its forthcoming SURE bonds of up to EUR 100 billion - designed to help protect jobs and keep people in work through the pandemic - as social bonds.

Commission to issue EU SURE bonds of up to EUR 100 billion as social bonds 08 October 2020, 00:15 CET
The European Commission announced on 7 October that it will issue its forthcoming EU SURE bonds of up to EUR 100 billion as social bonds.

Record levels of cocaine in Europe: EU drugs agency 24 September 2020, 00:15 CET
Increase in cocaine availability with seizures at a record high, a near doubling of heroin seizures and high availability of high purity drugs are the stand-out points of the European Drug Report published Tuesday.

Women4Cyber Registry 07 July 2020, 22:12 CET
Women4Cyber Registry was created to identify and build the community of women professionals in the field of cybersecurity. It gathers women, with different profiles and could be a reference point for expert groups, event organisers, media, as well as collaboration and potentially business opportunities. The aim of this Registry is to encourage women professionals to come forward, become more active in the field and raise their own visibility as well as promote the Women4Cyber initiatives.

Commission sets out agenda for gender equality 09 March 2020, 18:31 CET
A new Gender Equality Strategy, outlined Thursday by the EU Commission, sets out key actions for the next 5 years and commits the executive to include an equality perspective in all EU policy areas.

European Institute for Gender Equality 05 March 2020, 23:24 CET
The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) is an autonomous body of the European Union, established to contribute to and strengthen the promotion of gender equality, including gender mainstreaming in all EU policies and the resulting national policies, and the fight against discrimination based on sex, as well as to raise EU citizens’ awareness of gender equality.

Gender Equality Strategy - background guide 05 March 2020, 18:43 CET
The European Commission presented on 5 February its strategy for equality between women and men in Europe.

EU-UN Spotlight Initiative to eliminate violence against women and girls 26 September 2019, 23:21 CET
Today in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the European Union and the United Nations are hosting a high level event on the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative - inviting all countries, leaders, civil society representatives and local ambassadors to join the movement and take action to end violence against women and girls.

EU work-life balance directive comes into force 04 August 2019, 23:43 CET
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 06 June 2019, 23:42 CET
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 09 April 2019, 00:03 CET
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 22 March 2019, 01:10 CET
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 14 March 2019, 14:23 CET
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 07 March 2019, 22:48 CET
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 20 February 2019, 23:24 CET
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 30 January 2019, 22:48 CET
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 31 January 2019, 21:17 CET
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 28 January 2019, 12:17 CET
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 23 January 2019, 18:24 CET
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.