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Promoting active & healthy ageing across the lifespan 20-04-2021

 
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ESIP responds to the Public Consultation on the Green Paper on Ageing

Social protection schemes in the EU are under strain as ageing increases demand for medical and long-term care (LTC) and old-age spendingIn this contextESIP provides its recommendations touching upon all branches of social security on how to tackle demographic change while fostering active and healthy ageing. 

 

Enabling healthy working lives 14-12-2020

 
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ESIP feedback to the Green Paper on Ageing

ESIP shares the Commission’s opinion highlighted in its roadmap on the Green Paper on Ageing that the demographic change Europe faces requires a high-level policy debate on its long-term impact on social protection systems, especially care and pensions systems. To better evaluate the impact of ageing, the availability and comparability of data in the EU should be enhanced. In addition, the EU’s actions through the Green Paper on Ageing and possible follow-up initiatives should foster synergies with other EU strategies and policies and provide financing opportunities. 

 

Ensuring a high level of social protection 30-11-2020

 
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ESIP puts forward its proposals for the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights

ESIP supported the goal of achieving renewed convergence towards a high level of social protection in its response to the public consultation on the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR). The reply is focused on the principles 9 to 18 of the EPSR, relevant to social security.

A stronger Health Union but no Social Europe? 16-09-2020

 
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State of the European Union speech 2020

On 16 September, the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gave her first State of the Union speech at an undeniably crucial moment for the EU. Starting her speech with a recognition of the dedication of healthcare staff and essential workers during the COVID crisis, she then highlighted the EU level cooperation in the field of health.

 

COVID-19 & social security 25-05-2020

 
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Safeguarding public health & social protection in times of pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic is an unprecedented challenge for the health and social security systems in the European Union. Social security systems play a key role in providing healthcare, sickness benefits, unemployment benefits and much more to insured persons, during this pandemic and beyond. By implementing several measures such as simplifying procedures to access benefits and providing additional benefits to those most affected, ESIP members have shown their flexibility and ability to cope with the current situation.

Artificial intelligence & fundamental rights 19-02-2020

 
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ESIP's take on the recently published White Paper on Artificial Intelligence - A European approach to excellence and trust

ESIP welcomes the discussion on an ethical European approach on the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) launched with today’s publication of the White Paper.

How to ensure a strong Social Europe in a changing world? 22-01-2020

 
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European Commission publishes first plan for Social Europe

On 14 January, Valdis Dombovskis, Vice-President for an Economy that works for People, and Nicolas Schmit, Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights announced the publication of a Communication on "A strong social Europe for just transitions". The document lays out the Commission's roadmap for its initiatives in the field of social policy during its mandate. 

ESIP elects its new President 05-12-2019

 
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Renewal of ESIP leadership

On 4 December 2019, during its General Assembly, the European Social Insurance Platform (ESIP) elected its new president, Ilka Wölfle. She succeeds Arnaud Emériau who held the position for the last three years and who will now act as Vice-President.

 

Mitigating the impact of a no-deal Brexit 28-03-2019

 
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Contigency measures in the field of social security

The prospect of a withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union without an agreement raises major issues by putting an abrupt end to the freedom of movement of persons and the application of social security coordination rules.

Platform economy & social insurance - 4 challenges 07-02-2019

 
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Publication of an ESIP study on the coverage of platform workers

The impact of digitalization, especially of the platform economy, is a burning topic in Europe. The number of publications on the size of platform economy and its impact on labour markets is growing. According to the most quoted figure in the EU, the share of people working in the platform economy ranges between 1 and 5 per cent. The views are somewhat polarized, as some see the phenomenon as rupturing the labour market while others find that its impact is minor (at least for now). Less attention has been given to its interplay with social insurance. That is why ESIP decided to take a closer look at that part of the phenomenon.