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2021 Annual Report of the Social Protection Committee


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The annual report by the Social Protection Committee (SPC) has been published. The report provides an overview of the impact of the decisive actions taken by Member States to protect employment, income and access to services in response to COVID-19.

The report finds that the widespread positive developments in the social situation up until early 2020 were unfortunately interrupted and even reversed by the pandemic as containment measures were implemented to fight the spread of COVID-19 and protect the lives and livelihoods of citizens. Nevertheless, the social impact of the crisis was mitigated by the range of measures adopted by Member States to protect employment and support household incomes.

Key messages:

  • Social protection systems were the main stabilization factor in supporting household incomes.
  • Social benefits, including short time working schemes, played a major role in mitigating the overall drop in household incomes in 2020.
  • Access to social protection systems was often temporarily eased in order to increase the effectiveness of the systems in protecting those who lost their job or income.
  • Although the overall situation has been improving over 2021 as the EU recovers from the crisis, there remains a need to address the longer-term socio-economic impacts of the pandemic.
  • Social protection systems are expected to remain under pressure in the short and medium term.
  • To rebuild from the crisis and prepare better for future emergencies, Member States should continue to prioritize measures to combat poverty and social exclusion, to address rising income inequalities, as well as to enhance the resilience of social protection systems.
  • National responses should continue to focus on the situation of the vulnerable and include mechanisms to support them. The European Pillar of Social Rights should continue to guide Member States’ reform efforts and its principles should continue to be systematically implemented.

The report is prepared by the Secretariats of the SPC and its Indicators Sub-Group (ISG). The members of the SPC and its ISG contributed extensively to the drafting of the report and its key messages. In my capacity as chair of the ISG, and bureau member of the SPC, I would like to thank everyone that contributed to this report. The report has been approved by the SPC. The Council of the European Union endorsed the key messages of the report on 15 October 2021

2021 Long-term care in the EU

Download PDF: 2021 Long-term care in the EU

Principle 18 of the European Pillar of Social Rights states that everyone has the right to affordable long-term care services of good quality. The EU supports Member States in implementing long-term care policies through EU legislation such as the work-life balance directive, EU funding, monitoring and analysis, as well as mutual learning activities. The 2021 Long-term care report, jointly prepared by the European Commission and the Social Protection Committee, provides a state of play of long-term care provision and key challenges across the EU. It provides also a first analysis of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Check out the 2021 Long-term care report at a glance infographic.

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