The new 'Youth Opportunities Initiative', adopted by the Commission, calls on Member States to work on preventing early school leaving; helping youngsters develop skills relevant to the labour market; ensuring work experience and on-the-job training and helping young people find a first good job.
The first annual review of Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) published by the European Commission underlines that a mix of employment and social policies is necessary to ensure a long-term job-rich recovery in the current climate of fiscal consolidation and bleak economic outlook.
The number of Europeans still looking for work in the EU-27 has returned to the peak recorded since the start of the crisis. Europe's unemployment rate edged up to 9.7 % in September 2011, or by 0.1 pp.
The European Commission has made payments to Denmark, Germany and Portugal from the European Globalisation adjustment Fund (EGF). The total amount of €9.6 million will help 1 783 dismissed workers back into employment, following their redundancies in three sectors: shoes, wind turbines and the automotive industry.