Social investment package

The European Commission presented its Social Investment Package: Towards Social Investment for Growth and Cohesion on 20 February 2013 to address the growing risk of poverty and social exclusion arising from the crisis.

Since 2008 the number of people at risk of poverty and social exclusion has increased in 18 Member States. President Barroso in his 2012 State of the Union address warned of the 'real social emergency' in some parts of Europe, with rising poverty and massive levels of unemployment.

In response, the Commission’s Social Investment Package addresses the themes:

  • social policy budgets, their sustainability and adequacy
  • stronger links between social assistance and activation measures
  • trans-generational policies that address the needs of children
  • strengthening people's skills and capacities
  • spending more effectively and efficiently, particularly the European Social Fund

László Andor, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, recently stated that the package is: 'grounded on the idea that social policies should empower people from an early age, strengthen their capabilities to adapt to risks such as changing career patterns, new working conditions or an ageing population and enhance their opportunities to participate in society across the life course'.

Commissioner Andor was speaking at Eurofound’s Foundation Forum 2013, which had the theme ‘Social and employment policies for a fair and competitive Europe’.

Data from the 3rd EQLS - showing households with great difficulty in making ends meet

Eurofound has also produced a considerable amount of research relevant to the Social Investment Package. Among the major elements are:

The Social Investment Package follows the Commission’s Employment Package of April 2012 and Youth Employment Package of December 2012.  

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