About: social protection

MEPs push to shape working conditions of the gig economy

The European Parliament adopted by an overwhelming majority a resolution on social protection for platform workers, anticipating key parts of an upcoming EU legislative proposal expected to come out before the end of the year.
Economy & Jobs 14-01-2021

Spain to extend temporary lay-off schemes for 800,000 workers

The Spanish government is ready to approve before Friday (15 January) an extension of temporary lay-off schemes put in place March last year to protect jobs for around 800,000 workers affected by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in the tourism and services sectors. EURACTIV’s partner EuroEFE reports.
Economy & Jobs 06-02-2019

‘Citizens do not see Europe as an answer to social challenges’

In the run-up to the European elections, the social dimension of Europe remains a great unknown to European citizens. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 29-11-2018

Mental health issues cost EU countries more than €600 billion

In many EU countries, mental health is still a taboo. However, the economic impact of psychological disorders is a loss of 4% of GDP and changes in the labour market only aggravate the situation, according to a report by the OECD.
Development Policy 07-02-2018

Agriculture offers little chance of escaping poverty in Africa

LONDON: The rate of rural households in developing African nations “descending into poverty exceeds the rate of those sustainably escaping it”, according to a recent report of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).
Sharing economy 14-06-2017

MEPs demand EU strategy to protect gig economy workers

The European Parliament is expected to adopt a draft report on Thursday (15 June) calling on EU and national authorities to ensure “fair working conditions and adequate legal and social protection for all workers” in the collaborative economy.
Trade & Society 02-05-2016

Greenpeace to publish 248 pages of TTIP leaks

Greenpeace said yesterday (1 May) it was in possession of leaked documents showing that a planned huge free trade deal between the United States and the European Union poses "major risks for climate, environment and consumer safety".
Agrifood 09-11-2015

Italian farmers want to seize TTIP opportunity

Representatives of Italian agriculture have expressed doubts over TTIP's transparency - but have urged against "demonising" the agreement. EURACTIV Italy reports.
Development Policy 27-02-2015

Lack of social safety net hampers fight against killer diseases

SPECIAL REPORT: Billions of people in developing nations lack the health and social protections that most Europeans take for granted, a gap that experts say harms efforts to reduce poverty and prevent crises like the killer Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Commission doubtful over ‘benefits tourism’ claims

The European Commission has responded coldly to calls from four EU ministers to curb so-called ‘benefits tourism’ by introducing rules prohibiting EU nationals expelled for benefits fraud from returning.
Development Policy 12-12-2012

EU, other donors urged to back social fund for poor nations

While Europeans’ cradle-to-grave social benefits are increasingly facing the budget axe, the European Union and other big donors are being asked to help the 5.1 billion people worldwide who lack basic social safety nets.

Social protection spending increasing in the EU

The 27 EU countries are spending more on social protection because of the poorly performing economy, with total expenditure having increased by around 10% between 2007 and 2010, according to new figures from Eurostat.

OECD: Long-term jobless rate worsening despite recovery

Despite a modest decline in unemployment since late 2009 in developed countries, the number of people unemployed for over a year is continuing to rise, according to a report published yesterday (15 September) by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Špidla: ‘Social innovation’ needed to restart economy

Squeezed by the economic crisis, Europe's labour markets can find new dynamism through social innovation, said Vladimir Špidla, EU commissioner for employment, social affairs and equal opportunities, in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.

Volkswagen restructuring: EU powerless?

Two commissioners have promised financial support for the 4,000 workers to be laid off at the Vorst (Brussels) car manufacturing plant, while Belgian politicians hit out at the "national considerations" behind Volkswagen's restructuring decision.

EU social-protection expenditure on rise

Member states spend more each year to pay for the costs of old age, sickness, unemployment, housing and children. Large differences prevail between countries. 
Future EU 12-10-2005

Social summit becomes globalisation summit

The extraordinary summit of EU heads of state and government to be held on 27 October has shifted its focus from the sustainability of Europe's social model to the challenges of globalisation for competitiveness.

Flexibility and social security key to employment, experts agree

The model of flexicurity - a combination of easy hiring and firing, high benefits for the unemployed and a pro-active labour market policy - could solve many of Europe's unemployment problems, experts at a conference agreed.
Health 10-07-2003

EU ministers ready to tackle Europe’s black economy?

Undeclared work and the synchronisation of EU social policies are the two main discussion points on the agenda of the informal Council meeting on 10-12 July 2003.
Future EU 07-02-2003

Convention on Social Europe: united on objectives, not on methods

The plenary Convention discussion on the final report of the Working Group on Social Europe showed a broad consensus on the values and objectives for the EU's social policy. The Convention Members, however, remained divided over the definition of the competences and the possible extension of co-decision and qualified majority voting on social issues.
Future EU 05-02-2003

Convention plenary to tackle the difficult social chapter

The Convention on the Future EU will discuss the final report of the Working Group on Social Europe in its plenary session on 6 February 2003. The Working Group members reached a broad consensus on the values and objectives for the EU's social policy, but remained divided over the definition of the competences and the possible extension of co-decision and qualified majority voting on social issues.