Upturn on EU's labor markets does not benefit everyone

Three years after the economic and financial crisis reached its peak in Europe, the employment rate has increased. Yet major challenges remain: 4.6 million young Europeans are without jobs, many people cannot live on what they earn despite working full time, and the risk of poverty is acute for parts of the population in several EU member states. read more...



Long-term unemployment is becoming a structural problem for the EU

Long-term unemployment is one of the biggest challenges faced by any labor market. The longer a person goes without work, the harder it is for them to get a foot back in the door. Our study shows that, particularly in southern EU states, long-term unemployment is becoming a structural problem and a burden on the entire economy. read more...

Pension system

Future-proofing the pension system

Despite past reforms, the consequences of demographic change are placing further pressure on the pension-insurance system. How can the pension system’s future sustainability be ensured, and old-age poverty be prevented? read more...

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Economic Dynamics and Employment

A dynamic labor market and high levels of employment are prerequisites for widespread social inclusion and sustainable growth. We are therefore addressing the challenges faced by the German and European labor markets, showing ways in which labor-market participation opportunities can be improved. read more...

Active Ageing

Towards more employment opportunities for older workers

Inspired by the "2012 European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity amongst the Generations" the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the European Policy Centre (EPC) have combined forces for their joint project on "Second Career Labour Markets. Towards more Employment Opportunities for Older Workers". read more...