Set up at the Lisbon European Council of March 2000, the Open Method of Coordination for Social Protection and Social Inclusion provides a framework of political coordination. Member States agree to identify and promote their most effective policies in the fields of Social Protection and Social Inclusion with the aim of learning from each others' experiences.
This website aims to provide a synthetic overview of the process and of the indicators used within the framework.
'The OMC' describes the policy process of the Open Method of Coordination, including its different components: common objectives, common indicators, national reports and joint reports.
'Main concepts' discusses key concepts relating to the common objectives of the Open Method of Coordination for Social Protection and social inclusion. These include poverty (risk) social inclusion and social exclusion, adequacy and sustainability.
Portfolio of indicators explains the methodological principles that underlie the construction of social indicators and their compilation in portfolio's.
Two sections each focus on the main data sources for the indicators. These are the European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) and the European Union Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS).
Indicator fact sheets comprise key information on all the common indicators that are included in the portfolios of the different strands: overarching; social inclusion; pensions and health and long-term care.
Future developments gives an overview of further additions and enhancements that are being considered.