The European Social Fund (ESF) will be 60 years old in 2017. It was created on 25 March 1957 together with the Treaties of Rome. This brochure informs in German and in English about the history of the ESF and presents the different funding periods.
The minimum wage is in effect - and you have a right to it. The most important social policy reform of recent years has been a success: Many marginal jobs have become regular employment with mandatory social insurance, more people are working and wages have risen. We have taken a big step forward in terms of social justice in Germany.
Matching supply and demand in the labour market in times of structural change will be the key challenge for economic and labour-market policy. To make sure that the German economy will remain successful in the future and that everyone will take a share of our prosperity, skilled workers need the right skills and qualifications.
This discussion draft of a White Paper on Work 4.0 is the culmination of a dialogue process which the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs launched in April 2015 with the publication of a Green Paper.
This brochure is intended for all those who want to actively shape work in Germany - in politics, economy and society. But also to for all those who want to know how the ESF helps people to start tackling their own future.
The Federal Government's Old-age security report is compiled every four years and reports on the different pension systems, the income situation of today's pensioners, the uptake of additional private retirement provision and the future pension level.
Immigration is a complex, multi-faceted phenomenon. The Federal Government is steadfast in its support of freedom of movement, and Germany benefits from it. At the same time, we must acknowledge that immigration may also entail considerable problems.