Employment, Social Policy, Health & Consumer Affairs Council

The EPSCO Council brings together ministers responsible for employment, social affairs, health and consumer policy from all EU member states. Relevant European Commissioners also participate in meetings. There are usually four EPSCO meetings a year. Two of the meetings are generally devoted exclusively to employment and social policy topics. About employment and social policy The…

Employment, Social Policy, Health & Consumer Affairs Council

The EPSCO Council brings together ministers responsible for employment, social affairs, health and consumer policy from all EU member states. Relevant European Commissioners also participate in meetings. There are usually four EPSCO meetings a year. Two of the meetings are generally devoted exclusively to employment and social policy topics. About employment and social policy The…

EAPN Latvia Organises Protest on Mayday

On May 1 Leaders of EAPN-Latviac organised a protest in collaboration with the Latvian Free Trade Union and with the support of the National Assembly “On decent work, healthcare and education in Latvia”. The demonstration was held in the Doma square in Riga. Here are some pictures of the event:   2016-Mayday-EAPN-Latvia-Pic1 2016-Mayday-EAPN-Latvia-Pic2 2016-Mayday-EAPN-Latvia-Pic3  

EAPN Finland contributes to EP study on Mainstreaming Employment and Social Indicators into Macroeconomic Surveillance

05/02/2016 – EAPN Finland contributed to the newly published European Parliament study Mainstreaming Employment and Social Indicators into Macroeconomic Surveillance which assesses how employment and social issues are addressed in the EU. The study includes a country-case study annex which starts by Finland. EAPN latest documents are also quoted and referenced, and the study draws heavily on…

EAPN calls for comprehensive youth inclusion strategies beyond employment

29/01/2016 – EAPN attended a stakeholder dialogue meeting organised by DG Employment on the topic of the Youth Guarantee, the Youth Employment Initiative, and the European Alliance for Apprenticeships. The European Commission provided an update of the state of play and next steps, and discussants from the European Youth Forum and Eurocities presented the civil society and local authorities perspective. In the ensuing debate, EAPN made important points about the need for comprehensive youth inclusion strategies beyond employment, which include adequate income support, access to services (particularly housing), personalised, pathway support towards quality and sustainable employment, as well as full ownership by young people of their inclusion strategies, and meaningful engagement of civil society organisations in the process. Without such a comprehensive approach, the initiatives will not reach vulnerable youth who are facing multiple obstacles, which would mean a creaming effect, leaving the most disenfranchised behind.

Employment is still the dominant narrative, with poverty and social inclusion marginalised

European Commission launches Employment and Social Developments in Europe Report 2015/2016 On 21/02/2016, EAPN attended the European Commission’s  presentation of its annual Employment and Social Developments (ESDE) Report. The report takes stock of the latest employment and social trends in Europe, and reflects on upcoming challenges and possible policy responses. While it report highlights some…