Presentation on theme: "Europe 2020: Employment and Social Dimension"— Presentation transcript:
0 REALM 28 February EUROPA 2020 – Flagship initiative “The European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion”Anne Degrand-GuillaudEuropean Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
1 Europe 2020: Employment and Social Dimension 1. The EU wants to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy delivering high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion.2. EU 2020 targets and process to get there3. Flagships and concrete actions4. Member State assessmentThese 5 elements are big components of the EU employment strategyProcessPolicy contentConcrete actionsAssessmentMutual learning
2 Europe 2020: 5 EU targetsBy 2020:75 % employment rate (% of population aged years)3% investment in R&D (% of EU’s GDP)“20/20/20” climate/energy targets met (incl. 30% emissions reduction if conditions are right)< 10% early school leavers & min. 40% hold tertiary degree20 million less people should be at risk of povertySupported by 7 Flagship InitiativesThese targets articulate where we want Europe to be in 2020Highest political commitment has been given to these targets- heads of state or government75 % employment rate (% of population aged years)Requires effort equal to job growth< 10% early school leavers & min. 40% hold tertiary degreeRequires funding20 million less people should be at risk of povertyDifficult as many will retire and intra-EU labour mobility will growThese targets are translated in 27 national targets. They will have to add up to EU level target.
3 Climate, energy and mobility Europe 2020: 7 flagship initiatives to make Long term-targets more operationalSmart GrowthSustainable GrowthInclusive GrowthInnovation« Innovation Union »Climate, energy and mobility« Resource efficient Europe »Employment and skills« An agenda for new skills and jobs”Education« Youth on the move »Competitiveness« An industrial policy for the globalisation era »Fighting poverty« European platform against poverty »Digital society« A digital agenda for Europe »Flagships which define CONCRETE ACTIONS
4 Impact of the crisis 23 million people unemployed in the EU today Economic recovery has come to a standstill,Rising polarisation between MSGDP likely to stagnate in the coming year, overall growth in the EU is forecast to be as low as 0.6% for 2012.Unemployment levels are likely to remain high at around 10% in 2012 and into 2013Doubts over government debt and the financial sectorCertain groups severely hit: young adults, single parents, Roma, migrants.
5 Impact of the crisis – unemployment rates, Nov. 2011
6 Impact of the crisis – young people Increased since spring and faster than among adults
7 What is the Commission doing? Youth on the Move: move for a degree, new job, training, own business; young people to benefit from EU mobility programmes in 2011;European youth portal: advice and opportunities for young Europeans;EURES: information on jobs and learning opportunities;Europass CV and other practical tools for those who want to move;
8 Fighting poverty “The European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion”
9 Why a target on poverty in Europe 2020? 1 in 6 Europeans is at risk of povertyMost vulnerable hit hardest by the crisisPoverty and social exclusion already major concern in Europe beforehandEuropean citizens are concerned about the social dimension of Europe.
10 Challenges and priorities of the flagship on poverty Multiple dimensions of poverty action across the whole policy spectrumAddress needs of groups particularly at risk, tackle severe exclusion and new vulnerabilitiesBreak the cycle of disadvantage and step up prevention effortsDo better and more efficiently in times of budget constraintsStrong focus on prevention, innovation, going beyond “traditional” social inclusion policies and making best use of EU fundsA framework for action, building on 10 years of cooperation and finding new, participative approaches
11 People at risk of poverty or social exclusion (2009) At risk of poverty or social exclusion: 114 mioAt risk of poverty: 80 mioSevere materialdeprivation: 40 mioLow work intensity: 34 mioSource: EU-SILC (2009)
12 80 million at risk of poverty: 1 in 6 Europeans At-risk-of-poverty rate: total, by age and by employment status; EU-27The risk of poverty threshold is set at 60 % of the national median equivalised disposable income (after social transfers).Source: Eurostat (November 2011)
13 40 million face severe material deprivation Severely materially deprived persons; Percentage of total population, 2009People are considered « severely materially deprived" if they experience at least 4 out of 9 deprivations: people cannot afford i) to pay their rent or utility bills, ii) keep their home adequately warm, iii) face unexpected expenses, iv) eat meat, fish, or a protein equivalent every second day, v) a week of holiday away from home once a year, vi) a car, vii) a washing machine, viii) a colour tv, or ix) a telephone.Source: Eurostat 2009
14 34 million live in jobless households Persons living in households with very low work intensity, 2009People aged 0-59 living in households where adults work less than 20% of their total work potential during the past year.Source: Eurostat
15 What is the Commission doing? Continued work within Europe 2020:Assessment progress at EU level in the Annual Growth Survey 2012MS monitoring and Country-specific Recommendations in June 2012Benchmarking, awareness raising, policy innovation and experimentationImplementation reviewed in 2014
16 First European Semester 2012: Additional efforts are required for reaching the targets in the area of employment and poverty:EU GDP growth for 2012 remains modest (+0.6%);Unemployment >9%, staying high in 2012;Fiscal consolidation affecting social expenditureLow progress on the poverty reduction targets (12 million by 2020)The trends highlight a growing risk of poverty and marginalisation unless active measures are taken to counter them
17 Five areas for action Delivering action across the policy spectrum Making EU funds deliver on the social inclusion and social cohesion objectivesDeveloping an evidence-based approach to social innovation and reformsPromoting a partnership approach and the social economyStepping up policy coordination between the Member States
18 Example of concrete actions (1) Enhancing access to employment and active inclusion of vulnerable groups:Communication on active inclusion, 2012Making social protection and services more responsive to new social needs:White paper on Pensions, 2011Further develop quality framework on social services (sectoral approach on homelessness)Follow-up to communication on health inequalitiesBreaking the cycle of disadvantage:Recommendation on early school leaving, 2011Recommendation on child poverty, 2012
19 Example of concrete actions (2) Strengthening existing partnerships and involving new actors (social partners, regional/local authorities, NGOs…):Voluntary guidelines on stakeholders’ involvement and participation of people experiencing povertyRegular dialogue on thematic prioritiesHarnessing the potential of the social economy:Improving legal structures (e.g. foundations)Social Business Initiative (2011) to support socially innovative corporate projects (Single Market Act)
20 European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion Europe 2020 strategyEuropean Platform against Poverty and Social ExclusionYouth on the moveSocial Europe