European Commission Joint Report on Social Protection and Social Inclusion 2007 sent to the European Council, February 23, 2007.
For the first time Member States have submitted integrated National Reports on strategies for social
inclusion, pensions, healthcare and long-term care.
They have done so against the background of demographic ageing and intensified globalisation. They all face continuing challenges of social exclusion, poverty and inequality and of a need to modernise social protection systems. Starting
points differ between Member States, but the following key messages emerge clearly from the
analysis of their reports:
• Member States have responded to the Spring 2006 European Council challenge to reduce child
poverty, with clear commitments to breaking the cycle of deprivation. This will contribute to
stronger and more sustainable social cohesion. Ensuring access to quality education and training
for all, focussing especially on pre-schooling and on tackling early school leaving is vital. The
situation of immigrants and ethnic minorities needs particular attention.