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.
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.
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).
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.