/// EU INSTITUTIONAL NEWS ///three recent reports prepared by the SPC gives you arguments in the European Scoial Policy Debate. Here comes some food for reading and thinking.
- the annual report on the social situation in the European Union ”Social Europe: Aiming for inclusive growth” (http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=738&langId=en&pubId=7744&visible=0)
The Council of the European Union (EPSCO) endorsed the key messages of the report at its meeting on 9 March 2015, stressing the fact that the key factor for achieving the Europe 2020 objectives for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth is working toward policy coherence between the economic and social objectives of the Union. The report underlines the fact that even though on some dimensions the overall social situation in the EU has stabilised, there continue to be disparities across Member States and a worsening situation in some. Compared to the results from last year‘s edition, there is a more mixed picture across the EU with the following social trends to watch for the latest period being identified in around a third or more of all Member States:
•increases in the risk of poverty and especially its depth for the overall population;
•continued rise in the share of the population in (quasi-) jobless households;
•increasing housing cost overburden rate;
•declines in real gross household disposable income;
•increase in the share of the working poor.
- the annual “Review of recent social policy reforms for a fair and competitive Europe” (http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=738&langId=en&pubId=7737&visible=1)
This report complements the monitoring of the social situation in the EU with a review of the development of social protection policies, including social inclusion, pension, health and long-term care, in the EU. Focusing on policy measures adopted in the period 2013-2014, the report aims at assessing the main directions of reform efforts in the field of social protection. It is based on social reporting carried out by the Member States in the context of the National Social Reports. A thematic section is dedicated to youth exclusion as one of the foremost challenges arising from the economic crisis.
- a thematic report on “Social protection systems in the EU: financing arrangements and the effectiveness and efficiency of resource allocation” (http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=738&langId=en&pubId=7743&visible=0)
A first of its kind, this report prepared jointly by the SPC and the Commission services, provides a comprehensive overview of how social protection systems in the EU are financed. It examines the sources and structure of this financing, along with how money is spent and resources allocated. Finally, the document addresses the question of the effectiveness and efficiency of the systems in place and also provides country overviews and relevant data.