On 27 and 28 January, the Social Employers attended the DDSkills kick-off meeting in Athens. The meeting was hosted by the project coordinator To Ergastiri, a Greek non-profit organisation for the support, counselling and social integration of adults with learning disabilities.Read more
On 17th May, the Social Employers met with their Romanian members FONSS in Bucharest. The joint event, that brought together 25 participants, discussed the state of play of social dialogue in the Romanian social services sector and introduced the Social Employers’ work at European level.
The European Commission launched a new publication highlighting how their policies supported employment, social affairs, skills and labour mobility during the period 2014-2019.
The Social Employers and EPSU are happy to invite you to the PESSIS+ Final Conference “European Social Dialogue for the Social Services Sector – state of play and ways forward”, that will take place on 27th June in Brussels.
Our Spanish member Lares published an interview with Gregor Tomschizek, President of the Social Employers, in their monthly magazine “Somos Lares”
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) hosted a hearing on the European Pillars of Social Rights (EPSR). The Aim of the hearing was to assess the impact of the EPSR at EU and national level and the measures taken to implement its principles. The findings of the hearing will feed into an opinion paper on the topic.
In recent years, reforms in early childhood education and care (ECEC) systems across Europe have changed structures in the sector regarding initial qualifications, continuing professional development and needed competences and skills. In addition, demographic developments and the promotion of staff exchanges are leading to increasing mobility within the workforce.
The Eurofound research report “Care homes for older Europeans: Public, for-profit and non-profit providers” shows how trends in care provision in public and private (both for-profit and non-profit) care homes for older people has changed over time. The report especially focuses on private care provision and service delivery, looking at the accessibility, quality and efficiency of the service.
Social Services Europe in collaboration with Diesis and LinkinEurope, have released a report titled “improving work-life balance through enabling social services: From service provision to decent policies”. The research outlines the important role that social services play to improve work-life balance, especially in the light of demographic, social and societal changes in Europe.
The Federation of European Social Employers created a position paper on employment, recruitment and retention in the social services sector. This position paper defines some of the major challenges which affect the job creation potential of the sector and suggest several paths for solutions.
In their General Assembly on 13th February, the Social Employers welcomed two new members and formally agreed to create the Social Employers Observatory. On 14th February, the Social Employers and EPSU held a Thematic Seminar on “Recruitment and Retention in Social Services: Improving the sector’s attractiveness”.
The European Commission have released their Joint Employment Report (JER), highlighting the main employment and social developments in the EU over the last year.
The European Commission has launched under its Horizon 2020 program a contest to develop innovative and sustainable mobility solutions for senior citizens (65+). The contest aims to help combat social exclusion and support independent living.
On December 4th, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a revised version of its Jobs Strategy. Under the title “Good Jobs for All in a Changing World of Work”, the new Jobs Strategy addresses major transformations the labour markets of OECD and emerging economies are undergoing.
The Social Protection Committee has released its annual report analysing the social situation in the EU Member States. The main objectives of the 2018 report are to identify key structural social challenges as well as good social outcomes, and review the most recent social policy developments in Europe.
The Federation of European Social Employers has put together a position paper, outlining the opportunities and challenges of digitalisation in the social services sector from an employer’s point of view.
On the 23rd October, the Federation of European Social Employers welcomed thirteen new members from Austria, France, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Switzerland. On the 24th October, the Social Employers and the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) held a Thematic Seminar on “Digitalisation in Social Services: Defining opportunities for social partners, barriers and how to prepare for the future”.
The European Commission and the OECD have jointly launched a new online tool called “Better Entrepreneurship Policy Tool”.
Prague / Is there a future of long-term care in Europe? What can we learn from each other? Answers to those questions were discussed at a high-ranking international summit in Prague. Among the speakers were the President of the Federation of European Social Employers, Gregor Tomschizek, and his Deputy Jiri Horecky who met the Minister of Health of the Czech Republic Adam Vojtech.