European Commission’s DG Employment has developed an index to find out which EU governments implement the best labour market rules and policies
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On 7th October, I was invited to speak at a PIPPI seminar organised with practitioners working on child protection across Italy. The objective of this seminar was to provide participants with examples of child protection assessment frameworks, which have been implemented elsewhere, with the aim to inform the Italian assessment framework that is being developed through PIPPI.
The European Social Network (ESN) organised the first evidence-based practice forum for social services’ practitioners and researchers at the UK’s innovation agency Nesta in London on 09 October.
The European Commission has published a proposal for a council recommendation ‘on the integration of the long-term unemployed into the labour market.
The 3rd regional seminar of the 4Quality! project brought together 21 representatives from public authorities, trade unions and private service providers coming from Austria, Czech Republic and Germany to discuss employment and service quality in personal and household services (PHS).
The European Semester Reference Group assessed how economic and social policy priorities at local level could shape EU policy-making
The third meeting of the ESN Working Group on Ageing and Care brought together senior professionals in local and regional government from eight countries to discuss European and national policies and practices that address active ageing.
On 27-28 August, the Committee of the United Nations (UN) on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities reviewed the EU’s initiatives and progress in fulfilling its obligations with regards to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). The European Social Network (ESN) comments on the committee’s conclusions, highlighting the key role of public social services in supporting the implementation of the UN CRPD in times of austerity and persistence of institutional care.
The newly published data on employment for the Eurozone and the European Union from the statistical office of the European Union (EU) provides signs of improvement, with an increase of 0.2% in the employment rates and the job vacancy rate remaining stable at 1.7%.
The local and regional representatives who make up the Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs (CIVEX) of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) have made clear their dissatisfaction with the limited role that the European Agenda on Migration announced by the European Commission has given to local and regional authorities.
On the 14 and 15 September, the European Social Network (ESN) participated in the High Level Forum on Social Assistance, which took place in Beijing, China. This event launched the EU-China Social Protection Reform Project.
The European Social Network (ESN) examines the achievements of the Latvian Presidency including developments in youth unemployment and social policy, innovation in the health sphere, digital and technological advances and actions on the migration question.
On the 1st of July, Luxembourg took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from Latvia for the second semester of 2015 and will now hold it until the end of the year for the 12th time.
The 23rd European Social Services Conference looked at how best to build partnerships at the local level through an understanding of demographic change, the coordination of services and actions at city level.
A key theme emerged at our recent annual conference was how to build successful partnerships through a life-cycle approach.
In our recent annual conference, a number of plenary speakers and workshop presenters examined the role of technology in shaping public social services.
Following up from the 2015 23rd European Social Services Conference in Lisbon, ESN examines the main take aways and insights gained over the three day event with respect to the life-cycle approach, building local partnerships and the role of technology.