The European Commission has published 16 European country reports, providing key information on the socio-economic consequences and policy responses to COVID-19.
The country reports prepared by the European Social Policy Network (ESPN), cover twelve EU Member States and four non-EU countries. Each report includes in two pages, a description on the impact of COVID-19 in the respective country as well as an explanation of the initiatives and measures undertaken at national and European level. Moreover, the reports provide an outlook and commentary analysing the future impact of such initiatives to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and its social and economic consequences.
The reports also highlight measures that are key to help the social services sector handle the crisis,. Some of the initiatives looked at include:
- Support for social service providers;
- Reduce the impact of the crisis especially on the most vulnerable groups;
- Provide support to parents;
- Limit the spread of the virus in home care services.
In some countries, employers and employee representatives and their social dialogue played a key role in managing the crisis and implementing new reforms, as in Sweden where a plan improving the educational qualifications and employment contracts of the LTC workforce has been approved.
country reports here.