The Social Investment Package (SIP) is a series of non-binding documents, adopted by the European Commission (EC) on February 20th 2013 as a response to the economic crisis, threatening the achievement of the EU2020 poverty and employment targets and to the demographic changes that are shrinking the size of the working-age population in Europe. The package aimed to incentivise Member States (MS) to maintain investment in social policy areas despite the current negative fiscal situations as this might help saving future costs for social expenditures. Social investment is intended in the package as the enhancement of people's capacities and the support to their participation in society and in the labour market.
According to the SIP, MS should act through simple, targeted and conditional social investment, aiming at:
- Modernising social protection systems;
- implementing active inclusion strategies;
- Investing throughout individual’s life.
It should provide guidance on increasing efficiency, effectiveness, and adequacy of social protection systems; improving activating and enabling policies; social inclusion and adequate livelihoods. The Communication guided MS in making best use of EU funds and is directly linked to the directly linked to the European Platform Against Poverty and Social Exclusion (EPAP).
Policy and Briefing Papers
EASPD position paper on the ‘Policy Roadmap for the 2013-2014 Implementation of the SIP' (2014).
EASPD briefing paper on the Social Investment Package (2013)
EASPD policy paper on the Social Investment Package (2013) ,
Social Services Europe Response to the Social Investment Package (2013) ,
Social Platform of European Social NGOs Response to the Social Investment Package (2013)