The European Commission have released the 2019 Joint Employment Report, highlighting the main employment and social developments in the EU over the last year.
The report, which is a part of the Annual Growth Survey package that launches the start for the European Semester process, focuses on the specific measures Member States have taken to meet the Semester's priorities.
On top of this, the report monitors Member States' performance in relation to the Social Scoreboard which is a set of indicators that allows to detect key employment and social problems and to assess convergence or divergence patterns across Member States. The Social Scoreboard accompanies the European Pillar of Social Rights which, since 2017, defines the social principles for the EU. Those social principles concern 3 main areas: equal opportunities and access to the labour market, fair working conditions, and lastly social protection and inclusion.
EASPD’s Summary of the 2019 Joint Employment Report presents the information most relevant to the inclusion of persons with disabilities and services provided to them.
Key messages of the report include:
- Persons with disabilities in the EU, as in 2016, were more likely to face in-work poverty than the general population.
- In Greece from September 2017, the government has been subsidising the employment of persons with disabilities and the adaptation of workplaces in the local government and private companies.
- There was an improvement in poverty reduction for people at-risk-of poverty or social exclusion. It decreased in 2017 (5 million exited from poverty or social exclusion) but the risk of poverty and social exclusion remains a challenge particularly for persons with disabilities, children and people with a migrant background.
- Some Member States are enhancing integrated delivery of services (such as social assistance, employment and other social services) in particular by undertaking a person-centred approach aimed at addressing complex needs of the most vulnerable people.
- A significant rise in long-term care needs is projected linked with the ageing of the EU population.
To read EASPD’s full Summary Report, click here.