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National Social Report Austria 2014
After the parliamentary elections on 29 September 2013, the new government presented its working programme for the period 2013-2018 on 16 December 2013. The main focuses of the programme include growth and employment and the promotion of innovation and sustainable development, investment in education, and also measures to safeguard the existence of the successful welfare state while taking fairness between the generations and sound state finances into account.

National Reform Programme 2014
In the Annual Growth Survey 2014, the European Commission projects a gradual recovery in economic growth and highlights the fact that the Member States have made progress in correcting the imbalances which had emerged/developed prior to the crisis. Against this backdrop, the European Commission is making efforts to ensure continuity in the reform agenda and therefore proposes that the priorities for 2014 should remain unchanged.

Corporate Provision for everyone
A milestone in social policy was achieved in 2002 with the introduction of the new severance pay scheme. Under the regulations of the former severance pay scheme in Austria, only one third of employees received severance pay benefits, when calculated over the entire working life. Now, under the new scheme, all employees are entitled to severance pay.

Service Employment Cheque
The Service Employment Cheque Act has been in force since 1.1.2006 to ease the provision of typical household services in private homes. Full electronic processing of the Service Employment Cheque (DLS-online) has been available since 2011.

Youth and Work in Austria 2014/15
Young people are at the centre of Austrian labour market policy. Since people with low skills are likely to have greater difficulties in the labour market, such as struggling to find new and adequately paid jobs when out of work, it is of particular importance for me to direct the focus of youth employment policies on initial and continued training.