Position Papers

Improving work-life balance through enabling social services - Policy recommendations

February 19, 2019

Principle 9 of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) states that “Parents and people with caring responsibilities have the right to suitable leave, flexible working arrangements and access to care services. (…)”. In view of addressing the challenges faced by parents and carers, the European Commission has launched in April 2017 a proposal for a Directive on work-life balance. The proposal is complemented by the European Commission Communication “An initiative to support work-balance for working parents and carers”, which outlines a set of non-legislative actions to improve the quality, affordability and access to childcare and long-term care. 

Whereas the Directive proposal would strengthen legislation on leave and flexible working arrangements across Europe, it remains weaker on access to care. Social Services Europe understands this as partly due to a lack of research done on the relationship between access to care services and work-life balance.

To counter this, Social Services Europe launched a research project aiming to provide greater clarity on the relationship between access to care services and work-life balance and employment, and female employment in particular. The research provides further evidence on the need for the European Union to be more proactive in improving access to quality care services.  This is one of the single biggest factors to improve work-life balance in Europe, whilst also boosting job creation, inclusive growth, social cohesion, gender equality and human rights.

SSE's statement on the parliamentary vote of the ESF+

January 15, 2019

Social Service providers welcome the adoption of the ESF+ by the European Parliament but concerns remain about support to the most deprived and delays in negotiations.

Click below to read SSE's full statement. 

SSE's suggested amendments to Invest EU

August 17, 2018

Our Initial Remarks on the Multi-Annual Financial Framework 2021-2027 (July 2018) welcome the general orientation of the European Commission’s proposals, including on the InvestEU proposal. The remarks also highlight five positive proposals and four areas with room for improvement.

These remarks form the basis of our proposed amendments to the European Commission InvestEU proposal.

SSE's suggested amendments to the European Social Fund (ESF+)

August 17, 2018

Our Initial Remarks on the Multi-Annual Financial Framework 2021-2027 (July 2018) welcome the general orientation of the European Commission’s proposals, including on the ESF+ proposal. The remarks also highlight five positive proposals and four areas with room for improvement.

These remarks form the basis of our proposed amendments to the European Commission ESF+ proposal and the European Parliament Draft Report on the ESF+ proposal.

Common Provisions Regulation: SSE's suggested amendments

August 17, 2018

As highlighted in our paper “Enabling Social Services through the Multi-Annual Financial Framework post-2020: A European Imperative” (March 2018), the EU budget plays a key role in funding both innovation and continuity in quality social service provision. As a result of such investment, the EU Budget contributes to improving the quality of life of all people in Europe; thus leading to a more stable, inclusive, productive and resilient European Union.

Our Initial Remarks on the Multi-Annual Financial Framework 2021-2027 (July 2018) welcome the general orientation of the European Commission’s proposals, including in the Proposal laying down common provisions for ERDF, ESF+, CF and others. The Remarks also highlight 5 positive proposals and 4 areas with room for improvement.

These Remarks form the basis of our proposed amendments to the European Commission’s CPR proposals.

Remarks to the MFF proposals

July 14, 2018

The EU budget plays a key role in funding both innovation and continuity in quality social service provision. As a result of such investment, the EU Budget contributes to improving the quality of life of all people in Europe; thus leading to a more stable, inclusive, productive and resilient European Union.

Having analysed the proposed texts, Social Services Europe welcomes the general orientation of the European Commission’s proposals for a Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027 reflecting on their most valuable aspects and the areas where there's room for improvement. 

Follow the link below to access the full text. 

Towards the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights - The role of Social Services.

May 05, 2018

The European Pillar of Social Rights can be a solid basis for a more social Europe. We believe it has the potential to improve social protection systems across Europe. If the 20 principles of the Pillar are respected at European level and in the Member States, it will improve the well-being of vulnerable groups in particular. The Commission should therefore promote the Pillar in all EU Member States and not only in the euro-zone countries.

We want the European Pillar of Social Rights to be a success and we are keen to contribute to its implementation to improve the quality of life for EU citizens and help to restore trust in the EU as a citizens’ project.  This paper presents SSE’s view on the latest Commission proposal of the European Pillar of Social Rights and proposes an implementation partnership between the Commission and Social Services Europe.

Enabling social services through the Multiannual Financial Framework post-2020: a European Imperative

March 06, 2018

Social Services Europe advocates for the accessibility, affordability and availability of quality social and health services all across Europe. This requires ensuring the appropriate organisation, funding and delivery of these services, particularly in an improving yet uncertain economic and social context. 

As such, we released a position paper regarding the consultations of the European Commission on the new Multiannual Financial Framework that you can read bellow.

Setting up an European Social Dialogue

February 11, 2014

This briefing document explains the background to social dialogue at European level and the value of working at European level social dialogue, which is seen as a way of promoting a new organization of work, so modernising the relationship between management and labour.

Social Services Europe: Response to the Social Investment Package

June 23, 2013

In response to the recently published Social Investment Package (SIP) by the European Commission, Social Services Europe -of which EASPD is a member- has issued a policy paper indicating their opinion on the proposed package.

Social Services Europe initial position on the Proposal for a Directive on Public Procurement (COM)2011/896)

March 31, 2012

Social Services Europe supports the approach of the Commission as highlighted above but would like to suggest some changes to the proposal that would strengthen the declared aim of the revision to better meet “common societal goals” as well as “ensuring the best possible conditions for the provision of high quality social services”.

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