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.
This year's report highlights some improvements in the social situation in the EU, such as the continued recovery in the labour market situation with sinking unemployment rates. Yet there are also concerns such rising poverty risk in many Member States and an increase of in-work poverty risk in several countries. To minimise those risks, the report also calls for universal access to quality social services.
For an overview of the main messages of this year's report, click here.
To read the full report, click here.
The Social Protection Committee is an advisory policy committee which provides a representative forum for social policy coordination, dialogue and cooperation at EU level. It brings together policy makers from all EU Member States and the Commission in an effort to identify, discuss and implement the policy mix that is most fitted to respond to the various challenges faced by Member States in the area of social policies.