On 15th January, ENSIE answerd to the public consultation on a possible EU action addressing the challenges of access to social protectionfor people in all forms of employment in the framework of the European Pillar of Social Rights.

Read our contribution (EN).


On 17 November, the proclamation of the European Pillar of social rights has been signed jointly by the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission during the Summit for fair jobs and growth in Gothenburg. The Pillar stands as an important policy initiative towards the future of our social Europe. To support you in a adequate implementation of the Pillar at national level, ENSIE has created a policy guidance document about what to know and how to act in this framework.

Policy Guidance on European Pillar of social rights in English, in French


The European Commission published the 2017 edition of its yearly Employment and Social Developments in Europe review.

This year’s edition confirms positive labour market and social trends and economic growth, but also highlights the burden on young generation.

Read the EC publication


ENSIE participated to the Evaluation of Council Recommendation on the integration of the long-term unemployed into the labour market from DG Employ, Social Affairs and Inclusion. 

Read our contribution (EN).


Public consultation on the "Recommendation on promoting social inclusion and shared values through formal and non-formal learning" to seek public opinion on the importance of equipping young people with shared values and how education and non-formal learning can help achieve this aim in view of creating more socially cohesive societies.

Read our contribution in English.

Conference 'The European Pillar of Social Rights: Going forward together'

After the consultation process, the Commission held a European conference on the Pillar of Social Rights in January 2017  which was an important milestone in wrapping up the consultation and defining the future direction of the European Pillar of Social Rights. See the contribution of our policy officer on this initiative.

Consultation on an EU Pillar of Social Rights

President Juncker announced the establishment of a European Pillar of Social Rights in his State of the Union address in the European Parliament on 9 September 2015. This initiative is part of the work undertaken by the Commission for a deeper and fairer Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and part of the Commission 2016 Work Programme.

Find the European Commission communication here.

ENSIE contribution EU pillar of social rights (EN)

ENSIE contribution EU pillar of social rights (FR)

European Commission publication

  • Long-term Unemployment in the EU: Trends and Policies.

This report from Bertelsmann Stiftung sets out to provide a better understanding of the shape and causes of long-term unemployment from a comparative perspective. How is it measured and who is affected? What factors contribute to long-term unemployment and what can be done to help the long-term jobless get back to work?

Download the publication.


  • Active labour market measures and Work Integration Social Enterprises

Examples of active labour market measures supporting WISEs in Belgium and Austria.

WISEs and Active Labour Market measures (EN)

ESI et mesures actives en faveur de l'emploi (FR)

Consultation on Circular Economy

19/08/2015 - The European Commission launched a public consultation on Circular Economy, resource management, waste efficiency, product policy, markets for secondary raw materials, sustainable production and consumption.

You can read ENSIE's contribution in English and French.

Check also RREUSE contribution to the consultation

Consultation on long-term unemployment

15/05/2015 - The European Commission launched a public consultation on tackling long-term unemployment, one of the most urgent challenges that Europe faces today. More info.

You can read ENSIE's contribution here.

How to make labour markets more inclusive

09/03/2015 - The EPSCO Council, which consists of employment, social, health and consumer policy ministers in the EU Member States, met in Brussels on 9 March and approved a number of conclusions on the European Semester 2015, the modernisation of social protection systems, and how to make labour markets more inclusive.

Communication on the results of the public consultation on the Europe 2020 strategy

March 2015 - The Commission has adopted a Communication on the results of the public consultation on the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. These results will pave the way for a review of the Europe 2020 strategy later this year, as announced in the 2015 Commission Work Programme. The Commission also published its proposals for integrated guidelines for economic and employment policies, to be adopted by the Council. In the employment integrated guidelines there is the first written reference of this Commission to social economy. Both sets of documents are important references for developing the EU's jobs and growth agenda. More info.

European Commission Communication on Green Employment Initiative: Tapping into job creation potential of green economy, published as part of the Circular Economy package

05/03/2015 - Draft report: ENSIE, the social economy and social and green clauses are appointed. More info (page 11).

13/02/2015 - ENSIE contribution English 

MEP Jean Lambert is drafting EMPL's own-initiative report responding to the European Commission's July 2014 Communication, Green Employment Initiative: Tapping into the job creation potential of the green economy, published as part of the circular economy package and asked ENSIE to highlight the three most important political demands and aspects that the European Parliament should include in its report on Green Employment with regards to fully exploiting the job potential of the green - and socially just - transition of our economies.

Public consultation on the Europe 2020 strategy

30/10/2014 - The objective of the consultation is to inform the public about the review of the Europe 2020 strategy and seeking views on its further development. More info. ENSIE's contribution - English version. Contribution d'ENSIE - version française.

European Commission Consultation "Exploiting the employment potential of the personal and household services"

15/07/2012 - Given the foreseeable impact of demographic evolution on our societies, European labour markets need to become more inclusive and the employment rate needs to rise. Personal and household services offer significant opportunities in this respect, allowing to improve work-life balance, increase productivity and bring undeclared work into the official labor market. Ensie Contribution (French only).