Policy

Engaging with the European Union

The Federation of European Social Employers actively engages with the European institutions and other relevant stakeholders to ensure that European policies, funds and other activities support the sector’s ability to provide quality care and support services and create attractive jobs. 

European Parliament

The European Union has a growing impact on the development of social services at national or regional level:

  • Legal frameworks such as Public Procurement and State Aid have an impact on how social services are funded;
  • Labour policies such as the Working Time directive and the Written Statement directive legislate on working conditions;
  • European Funds (European Social Fund) and Financial Instruments (EU Investment Plan) provide opportunities for many social services to innovate and develop their services;
  • The Stability and Growth Pact provides a framework for public spending, including into social services; and the European Semester helps to coordinate national economic and social policies.
EU decision making process


The Social Employers will aim to provide input into the development and monitoring of all relevant policies or activities which impact social services employers' at national, regional and local level. The Social Employers also provides briefing papers to further present and facilitate the understanding of EU policies at national level.

The Social Employers’ overarching policy position is presented in the Joint Declaration on the contribution of social services to Europe (October 2017): English, French, German, Czech and Italian.