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For your information, please find below some of the most recent deliverables of the Social Protection Committee (SPC), an EU Treaty-based advisory policy committee for the Employment and Social Affairs Council (EPSCO), which may be of interest to (y)our work. The SPC monitors the social situation in the EU and the development of social protection policies in the Member States. It provides a representative forum for multilateral social policy coordination, dialogue and cooperation at EU level, bringing together policy makers from all EU Member States and the Commission.

SPC Annual report 2016

As each year, the SPC has prepared its annual overview on the social situation in the EU and the developments in social protection policies based on the Social Protection Performance Monitor (SPPM) and Member States’ reporting. It analyses the progress towards the Europe 2020 target on reducing poverty and social exclusion together with the latest social trends to watch. The most recent social policy developments in Europe are also reported on as well as the key structural social challenges currently faced by each Member State. The report states that significant differences remain in the access to quality health care by income level and that access to adequate, affordable and quality long-term care, with an increasing focus on preventing the need for long-term care, remains a priority.

The 2016 National Reform Programmes reveal that the policy measures in the area of long-term care focus mainly on improving cost-effectiveness and addressing concerns over provision and access to adequate long-term care services. The measures adopted by some Member States aim at addressing these challenges through structural reforms such as a shift from institutional to community-based care, strengthened support to informal carers and improved policies for prevention, rehabilitation and independent living. However, more efforts are necessary to ensure the sustainability of long-term care and to facilitate the access to adequate, affordable and quality long-term care. In order to achieve this, Member States should adopt a proactive policy approach, promoting independent living and preventing the loss of autonomy, reducing thus the need for long-term care services.

The main messages of the report were endorsed by the Council of the EU on 13 October 2016 (

Member States’ social reporting

The 2016 social reporting done by Member States in the context of the SPC work and the social Open Method of Coordination can be found on the link above.

SPPM Country profiles

You can find the latest 2016 country-specific profiles, part of the Social Protection Performance Monitor (SPPM), which summarize progress towards the 2020 poverty and social exclusion target, the main social statistics for each Member State as well as key social challenges and good social outcomes.