New SOLIDAR briefing on employment and social developments in Europe

The European Commission regularly publishes reports on the labour market and social developments in the EU to support policy-making (e.g. Europe 2020 strategy) and to inform stakeholders and the wider public about the situation in the EU. The most important publication is the annual review “Employment and Social Developments in Europe”.

This review provides in-depth medium to long-term analysis of various employment and social issues, such as:

  • Long-term unemployment,
  • Mobility,
  • People and skills,
  • Modernising social protection systems.

On 17 July 2017 the European Commission published its annual ESDE Report[1].   In previous years it has been published at the beginning of the year along with the Annual Growth Survey in the framework of the European Semester.  This time it only came out in July - and without a public presentation. SOLIDAR has been calling for this annual overview of the most important social and employment-related developments in the EU as it gives a comprehensive and detailed picture of the social situation in Europe. The 2017 edition focuses on intergenerational justice, looking at the situation on the labour market and in pension systems.

SOLIDAR welcomes the ESDE 2017 - although published with a significant delay - and notes that the report contains many good figures that give reason for hope but at the same time it stresses the many restrictions on these positive developments. The European Pillar of Social Rights is a good opportunity to tackle these restrictions and ensure high-level social standards for everyone living in Europe. For SOLIDAR, the following demands need to be met by the Pillar:

  • Overarching goal of upward social-convergence across the whole EU (not only Eurozone);
  • Updated labour and social standards;
  • Improved minimum income schemes;
  • Economic governance to comprise targets of the Europe 2020 strategy and the Sustainable Development Goals on equal footing;
  • Adequate funding for social policies.



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