We need to reform in a smart way and focus on building strong and flexible administrations that are able to understand and meet the immediate and future needs of citizens and business.
A vicious circle of high and persistent unemployment and poor quality jobs, reinforced by uncertainty about the immediate future, has weakened the EU’s prospects for growth and the ability to address the fiscal and social imbalances brought about by the crisis.
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The unprecedented divergence in economic and social outcomes across the euro zone has called into question the ability of the European Union to achieve its core objectives as agreed within the Treaties, in particular balanced economic growth, full employment, social progress and the well-being of its peoples. [EMBARGO 1:15 PM 29/09]
Under the EU Treaties, discrimination based on nationality is prohibited. The European Union consists of 28 countries whose citizens are equal and have equal rights, including the right to free movement, subject to the application of jointly agreed rules. [EMBARGO 3:00 PM 25/09]
The main reason for Europe’s continuing jobs crisis has been and continues to be weak macroeconomic performance, and in particular less effective fiscal and monetary responses to the financial and economic crisis than we could observe in the US and Japan.
Implementation of the Youth Guarantee is well on track and is already bringing results. Compared to other structural reforms in Europe, the Youth Guarantee is probably the most rapidly implemented.
Europe today is experiencing an economic recovery, but to make this recovery sustainable, inclusive and job-rich, we need active and effective public employment policies.
I deeply regret the significant job losses announced by Microsoft today because of the impact these will have on so many individuals, their families and the local communities they live and work in.
The Youth Employment Initiative together with the Youth Guarantee should be a reality on the ground as a matter of urgency. We cannot afford to delay the implementation of such a crucial initiative.
Helping young people find a job must be among our top priorities, along with tackling the risk of poverty among the most vulnerable, such as older people, especially women, single-person households and the unemployed.