This year the report focused on: the legacy of the recession: resilience and challenges, investing in human capital and responding to long-term societal challenges, the future of work in Europe; job quality and work organisation for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
A key message from the report highlighted by Commissioner Thyssen is that the most resilient countries in the crisis have demonstrated strong integrated approaches supporting social investment, particularly less segmented labour markets, investing in lifelong learning and well-developed unemployment benefits.
However EAPN highlighted concerns about the lower focus on poverty, and assumptions about trickle-down effect from Growth and Jobs as the main strategy. Resilience had been proven for countries which really invested in broader, integrated active inclusion approach which supports inclusive labour markets, access to quality services and adequate minimum income and social protection systems for all, beyond the limited coverage of unemployment benefits.
See conference programme