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Commission to maximise job opportunities in green economy

The European Commission has adopted a Communication highlighting the employment challenges and opportunities of the existing transition towards a green, low carbon, energy and resource-efficient economy. The Green Employment Initiative Communication presents an integrated framework to allow labour market and skill policies to play an active role to support this transition.

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The Communication concentrates on the importance of:

  • Anticipating and establishing adequate skills policies to support workers in coping with structural change;
  • Securing labour market transition; and
  • Strengthening governance and partnership-based initiatives.

This Communication complements Communications on the Circular Economy and on a Green Action Plan for SMEs (Small and medium sized enterprises).

According to the European Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard “Green jobs are among the fastest growing and the most resilient of the European economy. Instead of being outsourced, local skills are being sought in sectors like energy efficiency of buildings, pipe insulation, recycling and innovative renewable technologies. In these areas employment has grown even during the crisis. In a Europe with 26 million unemployed Europeans it is not enough to create growth. We must also expand in areas that can generate jobs. The green sector offers enormous potential for job creation and we have to make sure Europe can harvest its benefits in full.”

The European Green Capital Award strongly encourages global communities that are working towards sustainable development. Eco-innovation and sustainable employment is one of twelve environmental indicators assessed by the Jury in the selection of a city to be awarded the European Green Capital. The winning cities become role models for green economies throughout Europe and beyond.