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European Employment Strategy (EES)

The European Employment Strategy (EES) helps European Union countries to create more and better jobs. Objectives, priorities and targets are agreed at EU level. Governments then coordinate their efforts to promote employment.

In 1997, when the Amsterdam Treaty gave the European institutions a role in employment policy across the Union, the strategy's key elements were: achieving a high level of employment; promoting a skilled workforce; implementing European coordination in the employment sector while keeping a constant watch on its development. In the space of more than ten years of evolution, a continuous debate has animated the coordinated strategy for employment and laid down appropriate priorities that take into account the main challenges facing workers and enterprises.

Creating more and better jobs is one of the three priorities of the programmes supported by the EU's Cohesion Policy for 2007-13, as defined by the Council Decision of 6 October 2006 concerning Community Strategic Guidelines on Cohesion.

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European Employment Strategy

Community Strategic Guidelines on Cohesion 2007-13

EU Regional Policy: Stay informed