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Joint Report on Social Protection and Social Inclusion 2009

March 9th, 2009

On March 9th, 2009 the EPSCO (Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs) Council and the Commission jointly adopted the 2009 Joint Report on Social Protection and Social Inclusion

This Report reviews Member States' national strategies on social inclusion, pensions, healthcare and long-term care and examines trends all over Europe. The social impact of the economic crisis is brought up with data on unemployment, unemployment benefits and so on.

2009' report highlights that "Sustained work is required to tackle homelessness as an extremely serious form of exclusion, to address the multiple disadvantages the Roma people are facing and their vulnerability to social exclusion".

Furthermore, this document underlines that "Roma people face multiple disadvantages and belong to the most excluded in European societies. In the new reports Member States with a sizable Roma minority have upgraded their coverage ofthe issue and, in general, there is a better recognition of the challenges it entails. Action taken or announced mainly focus on desegregation, access to employment, addressing educational disadvantage and improved access to basic services such as housing and healthcare. However, in most countries a comprehensive policy framework is still lacking, also due to the non-availability of data and an insufficient knowledge-base.

To download the document click here: http://ec.europa.eu/employment_social/spsi/joint_reports_en.htm 

 

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