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July 26, 2021 - Policy News

A European approach to micro-credentials: The Social Employers position

The Social Employers submitted its position for the European Commission’s public consultation on a European approach to micro-credentials, highlighting opportunities for the social services sector and the role of social dialogue.

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The Commission launches an Action Plan to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights

March 24, 2021

The Commission launches an Action Plan to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights

In November 2017, the European institutions adopted the European Pillar of Social Rights, aiming to lead the way towards a strong Social Europe. The European Commission has just released an Action Plan to implement these principles, which will have many consequences for the social services sector.

Social Employers and Unipso launch a new project to strengthen social dialogue and reinforce the attractiveness of social services across Europe

March 23, 2021 - Project News

Social Employers and Unipso launch a new project to strengthen social dialogue and reinforce the attractiveness of social services across Europe

On 22 March, the Social Employers launched together with Unipso, the leading partner, a new project called FORESEE. The project focuses on capacity building of EU and national-level social partners in social services and aims to promote the attractiveness of the sector.

Call for Tender: The Social Employers is looking for a researcher/research team

March 18, 2021

Call for Tender: The Social Employers is looking for a researcher/research team

The Social Employers is looking for a researcher/research team to produce a study on the impact and consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic in the social services sector, and the role of social partners and social dialogue in managing the crisis.

European Commission launches the new Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-2030

March 10, 2021

European Commission launches the new Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-2030

The new Strategy covers a wide range of topics relevant for social services providers, and highlights the need for more staff, better working conditions and to enhance the attractiveness of social services professions, to ensure high-quality, accessible, person-centred and affordable services for persons with disabilities.

What social services employers expect from the future EU Strategy on Health & Safety at Work

March 1, 2021 - Policy News

What social services employers expect from the future EU Strategy on Health & Safety at Work

The Social Employers submitted its feedback on the European Commission’s public consultation on a future EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at work, highlighting specific issues and needs from the social services employers’ perspectives.

Commission proposes measures for strong EU Social Dialogue

March 1, 2021

Commission proposes measures for strong EU Social Dialogue

The Cabinet of the Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights Nicolas Schmit has published a report on strengthening EU social dialogue. The report was written by the special advisor on Social Dialogue, Andrea Nahles.

 European Social Fund Plus (ESF+): Political agreement reached

February 11, 2021

European Social Fund Plus (ESF+): Political agreement reached

The European Parliament and EU Member States in the Council just reached a political agreement on the European Social Fund+, the EU’s main financial tool to strengthen the social dimension of the Union.

 Which services could ensure the autonomy, independence and rights of older people and enable their participation in society?

February 2, 2021

Which services could ensure the autonomy, independence and rights of older people and enable their participation in society?

It is one of the questions asked by the European Commission’s Green Paper on Ageing published on 27 January 2021. It aims to discuss how to identify key issues and trends related to ageing and support suitable policy-responses and launches a 12-week public consultation, ending on 21 April 2021.

“Towards recovery and resilience”, Eurofound programming period 2021-2024

January 27, 2021

“Towards recovery and resilience”, Eurofound programming period 2021-2024

Eurofound is a tripartite European Union Agency, with who the Social Employers collaborates. Eurofound provides knowledge to assist in the development of better social, employment and work-related policies.

Social Employers and EPSU, partners in EU-OSHA campaign “Healthy Workplaces – Lighten the load”

January 27, 2021

Social Employers and EPSU, partners in EU-OSHA campaign “Healthy Workplaces – Lighten the load”

The Social Employers and the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) are joining the EU-OSHA 'Healthy Workplaces - Lighten the Load' campaign as official partners.

Representativeness of the European social partner organisations in social services

January 26, 2021

Representativeness of the European social partner organisations in social services

Eurofound has published its Representativeness Study for social services, a key report for the sector at EU level. The Social Employers are identified as the most representative employers’ organisation for the non-profit and for-profit parts of social services.

EC Consultation on Health and Safety at Work

January 26, 2021

EC Consultation on Health and Safety at Work

The EU Commission has opened a consultation for feedback on the future Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work. The information and opinions collected will be used to provide input to prepare and improve the EU Strategic Framework for the period 2021-2027.

FAQ - Socially Responsible Public Procurement

January 26, 2021

FAQ - Socially Responsible Public Procurement

The Commission has developed a document answering the 15 most frequently asked questions on socially responsible public procurement.

“Enhancing and strengthening the European social model”, Portugal takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union

January 26, 2021 - Policy News

“Enhancing and strengthening the European social model”, Portugal takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Portugal has presented its programme in the framework of its Presidency of the Council of the European Union, including the implementation of actions and financial instruments to promote a coordinated response to COVID-19.

Social care workforce and COVID-19 vaccination across EU countries + UK

January 15, 2021

Social care workforce and COVID-19 vaccination across EU countries + UK

All countries across Europe have launched or are launching their COVID-19 vaccination programmes. Vaccine doses are limited at this point, and countries have defined priority groups for vaccination, including those persons most at risk of infection and mortality.

Newsletters 2021

January 1, 2021 - Newsletters

Newsletters 2021

Social Dialogue – Which Benefits for Social Services?

December 16, 2020 - Project News

Social Dialogue – Which Benefits for Social Services?

A new Social Employers report aims to showcase the advantages of social dialogue for the social services sector and gather examples and recommendations for setting up such structures.

 “Long-term care workforce: employment and working conditions” a new report by Eurofound

December 14, 2020

“Long-term care workforce: employment and working conditions” a new report by Eurofound

Eurofound published a report with key findings on the long-term care (LTC) workforce and policy recommendations to address labour shortages and improve working conditions.

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