CoverMonitoring good practices in the areas of employment, social affairs and inclusion - volume 4 
Comisión Europea, 2016
ISBN: 978-92-79-57656-0

This monitoring report gathers good practices of projects across Europe dealing with working conditions, employment, social affairs and inclusion. One of the selected projects is "The job of my life" project, supporting young persons from Europe in finding an in-house vocational training position in Germany. Another example of good practice is a French project which created info points in selected schools to prepare future graduates integrate the labour market. All selected project were supported by the EURES financial instrument or by the PROGRESS programme. [+]

La Comisión Europea ha adoptado ayer el Programa Operacional para el Fondo Social Europeo (FSE) en Galicia.  Bajo este programa, Galicia invertirá más de 313 millones de euros del FSE para promover el empleo, la inclusión social y la educación. 

La Comisaria de Empleo, Asuntos Sociales, Capacidades y Movilidad Laboral, Marianne Thyssen, ha comentado: "A través de este programa, por valor de 313 millones de euros, financiaremos acciones para ayudar a la gente en Galicia a encontrar trabajo y a recibir educación y formación. Valoro especialmente que se concentre en un apoyo individualizado a las personas más vulnerables, para ayudarles a volver al mercado de trabajo y a mejorar sus oportunidades en la vida”. (Comisión europea. Oficina en España, 9.12.2015)

CoverInvesting in people: EU funding for employment and social inclusion Social Europe guide
Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2014
ISBN 978-92-79-38146-1 – doi:10.2767/24234 (print) 
ISBN 978-92-79-38149-2 – doi:10.2767/24760 (epub) 

The Social Europe guide is a bi-annual publication aimed at providing an interested but not necessarily specialised audience with a concise overview of specific areas of EU policy in the field of employment, social affairs and inclusion. It illustrates the key issues and challenges, explains policy actions and instru¬ments at EU level and provides examples of best practices from EU Member States. It also presents views on the subject from the Council Presidency and the European Parliament.
Volume 7 focuses on EU funding instruments used to help people into employment or out of poverty and social exclusion. The guide outlines the aims and objectives of four specific funds: the European Social Fund (ESF); the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD); the EU programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI); and the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF).
There is a particular focus on priorities for the EU’s new financial period, which runs from 2014-2020, and on how these funds will support Europe 2020, the EU’s economic strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The guide will be available in printed and electronic format in English, French and German. [+]

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor announced today plans to reinforce local authorities' efforts to overcome inequalities between Roma and non-Roma citizens in their municipalities.
A new Council of Europe/European Commission programme (ROMACT) has been launched in five countries (Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia and Romania), with around 40 participating municipalities. ROMACT mobilises sustained political commitment and policy engagement towards Roma inclusion by local authorities, given that local administrations sometimes lack the political conviction and/or capacity to implement Roma integration policies – including accessing available EU funding.
Activities under ROMACT include guidance, peer learning, coaching and mentoring to help to translate commitments into concrete action. This work will be sustained and extended by further contributions later this year to expand the scope of these activities. The Commission and the Council of Europe have already signed a financial decision to provide nearly €1 000 000 for ROMACT. The same amount will be issued in a second phase to improve local projects for Roma integration. Thanks to ROMACT, several municipalities in Romania and Bulgaria have already benefitted from specific measures that involve both local authorities and Roma communities. (RAPID, IP/14/193, 25.2.2014)

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