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Republic of Estonia

Weekly Social Protection Links: 05 June 2020

The Government approved the support measure for workers and employers to mitigate the economic difficulties due to the restrictions of the effects of the corona virus.

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Weekly Social Protection Links: 27 March 2020

The current crisis caused by the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) could see a large number of women with reduced hours or unemployed, Estonia's equal opportunities commissioner Liisa Pakosta said on Monday, Equal Pay Day in Estonia. Due to the sectors impacted, such as culture, service and tourism where many women are employed, the crisis could have a disproportionate effect on women.

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The Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs has forwarded to partners a package of proposals to create a more flexible system of benefits to take into account changes in the labor market and labor relationships, see to better coping on the part of the unemployed and their reintegration into the workplace.

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While globalisation and the Fourth Industrial Revolution have benefited the world greatly, it has a number of far-reaching consequences that include exacerbating inequalities across societies, with inequality rising even in some countries where economic growth is rapid. This lack of fair opportunities is limiting social mobility in both emerging Europe and around the globe.

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Several changes to laws and regulations have taken effect, reorganizing the work of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Baltic News Service reports, as well as providing new services, or boosting the funding of existing ones. These range from changes to the treatment of unemployment, child and disability benefits, through to the banning of menthol cigarettes – a European Union initiative – as well as the planned implementation of pharmacy reforms.

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BLOG: Since 2009, federal legislation has awarded billions of dollars to physicians and hospitals that make health information technology part of their practice. While many highlighted the downsides of digitization, the providers who unlock its full potential know very well that it benefits clinical care immensely. (...) Digitizing social care, much like its integration with medical care, is a truly systems level project.

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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is forecasting 3.2 percent economic growth in Estonia in 2019, and is advising the Estonian government to rethink its planned pension reform, as allowing people to withdraw their second-pillar pension savings, if fully implemented, runs the risk of aggravating the problem of old-age poverty.

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SOLIDAR’s Social Rights Monitor 2019 provides an insight into the state of social rights in 16 European countries: 15 from the European Union – Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, The Netherlands, United Kingdom – and one candidate country, Serbia.

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