The Various Interests Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) organized a high-level conference on "Boosting Innovation for a Better Social Outcome" on 23 October in Milan, which was attended by over 450 participants. Speakers included Giuliano Poletti, Italian Minister of Labour and Social Policies, and the event produced a set of concrete recommendations for EU policies – the Milan Declaration – which calls for more innovation in Europe's welfare systems and for a strengthened social dimension in the EU.
This opinion aims at exploring the obstacles to overcome and the conditions for developing quality services for the family in order to create decent and attractive jobs.
Previous work on the professionalisation of domestic work and on a family policy that tackles the challenge of demographic change need to be continued and updated by: revealing and describing the nature of the obstacles currently blocking the development and professionalisation of these jobs which; and making known positive experiences and good practices being implemented today in a number of Member States and major companies.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the European Consumer Debt Network (ECDN) and the European Financial Inclusion Network (EFIN) organize a conference on household over-indebtedness to be held at the EESC premises, in Brussels, on 12 December 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The aim of this conference is to determine EU indicators and an EU-wide definition of over-indebtedness, to develop effective tools in order to detect and cure debt issues at an early stage and to adopt a “solution oriented” approach and appropriate curative measures.
This conference will look into what can be best done at EU level and propose priorities, strategies and an agenda for the years to come.
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