Recommendations to national governments call for coordinated action on job creation, labour-market reforms, investment in skills, matching jobs and jobseekers, employment policies and funding.
Job creation is one of the EU’s most pressing concerns as it struggles to emerge from the economic crisis. Unemployment has risen to record highs – about 24.5 million people are unemployed, over 10% of the workforce.
In response, the Commission is making a package of recommendations – both general and sector-specific – on the best ways to boost demand for workers and help people find jobs.
The recommendations aim to provide jobseekers with more training and more job opportunities. Those in work would get help acquiring the skills they need to stay up-to-date with changing job requirements. Employers creating new jobs would also receive support.
General recommendations include:
If implemented, the recommendations will help the EU get 75% of people aged 20-64 in work by 2020 – one of the main goals of the Europe 2020 growth strategy.
A scoreboard will keep track of progress from early 2013.
European employment strategy – creating more and better jobs