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September 2015
 
Active Ageing for older people

The third meeting of the ESN Working Group on Ageing and Care brought together senior professionals in local and regional government from eight countries to discuss European and national policies and practices that address active ageing.


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  European Semester review: which way forward for a social Europe?
  The European Semester Reference Group, which met in Brussels on 21 September, assessed how economic and social policy priorities at local level could shape EU policy-making.
 
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  Building expertise in Hungary: transitioning towards community-based mental health services
  ESN's Policy Director Alfonso Montero presented at the EU-funded Joint Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing in Budapest, Hungary.
 
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Last regional seminar of the European project 4Quality!
The 3rd regional seminar of the 4Quality! took place in Vienna on 22 September. The project brought together 21 representatives from public authorities, trade unions and private service providers coming from Austria, Czech Republic and Germany to discuss employment and service quality in personal and household services.
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Refugee Crisis Management: Local and regional representatives call for greater solidarity
CIVEX, the Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs (CIVEX) of the Committee of the Regions expressed their concern about the limited role that has been given to them by the EU authorities on migration policy.
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EU's progress towards the obligations with regard to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).
The Committee of the United Nations (UN) on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities reviewed the EU’s initiatives and pointed out several shortcomings.
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Eurostat: Unemployment rates decreased in Europe in second quarter of 2015
The EU has recently published data showing an improvement in the employment rate. However, much has still to be done to get people into work, especially with regards to the long-term unemployed.
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On 14-15 September, ESN participated in the High Level Forum on Social Assistance, which took place in Beijing, China. This event launched the EU-China Social Protection Reform Project.


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