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November 2018
Social policy in the European Union:
state of play 2018

Presentation-debate, Brussels
11 December 2018 (8.30 am - 12.45 pm)
To mark the 19th edition of their flagship publication (EN/FR), the OSE and the ETUI are holding a presentation-debate to discuss the question: "could the European Pillar of Social Rights encourage a fully-fledged "European Social Union”? The conference also discusses the need for sustainable welfare and eco-social policies, while assessing the social situation of the self-employed in Europe. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English and French. Interprétation en français et en anglais assuréeVersion française
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Inequalities in access to healthcare. A study of national policies
Rita Baeten, Slavina Spasova, Bart Vanhercke and Stéphanie Coster
This new Synthesis Report by the European Social Policy Network (ESPN) describes the main features of health systems enabling access to healthcare. It identifies the key challenges in inequalities in access to healthcare in European countries. Despite a general trend towards improved access, inequalities persist in many countries. The report discusses the impact of health system financing, health coverage and healthcare provision on access to healthcare and analyses the differences in access between population groups linked, for instance, to income, employment status, gender, ethnic origin or legal status. It identifies national reforms and puts forward a number of policy recommendations. + 35 Country reports
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The ‘generosity’ of pensions for workers in hard jobs: in need of a nuanced debate
This ETUI policy brief by Slavina Spasova and Bart Vanhercke examines issues surrounding recent cuts in pension provision for workers in arduous and hazardous jobs (WAHJ). Such workers have historically enjoyed better provision because of the strong possibility of them having to take early retirement, but historic arrangements are now under threat. The policy brief presents some data on the working conditions and pension patterns of WAHJ and provides policy suggestions for their trade union representatives.
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