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Joint Employment Report 2008/2009 (2009)
The current economic downturn has first of all underlined the need to reinforce certain efforts within two key policy areas: implementing integrated flexicurity approaches and ensuring better skills matching and upgrading. Flexicurity is essential in order to ease and secure employment transitions. The right skills are an important element in getting the unemployed and those outside the labour market into jobs and in improving employability.
Joint Employment Report 2009-Memo (2009)
The report gives an update of the employment situation in the EU, reports on the principal labour market reforms undertaken by Member States in 2009 and highlights the main challenges for the future. In view of the economic crisis, the report also includes information on measures Member States have taken to limit the impact of the crisis on labour markets. Furthermore, the report focuses on how employment policies could prepare for and encourage labour market recovery as part of the exit strategies from the crisis.
Joint recommendations on the support to economic recovery by the European Social Fund (2009)
The "Joint recommendations on the support to economic recovery by the European Social Fund" presented by the European social partners, who have agreed on a series of joint recommendations on how to optimise the role of the European Social Fund in times of crisis. The European Social Fund represents the EU’s main financial instrument for investing in people by supporting the implementation of active inclusion measures, activation measures, re-training and skills upgrading. The European Economic Recovery Plan rightly highlighted the important role of the ESF for supporting economic recovery.
Learning in a crisis (2009)
CEDEFOP briefing note of how to cope with the crisis. The economic crisis is a stark reminder that lifelong learning needs to support individuals throughout the economic cycle. Despite the recession Member States and social partners are committed to developing skills.
Mind the gap: Europe's potential skills deficit (2009)
Europe, potentially, faces a major skills problem in the near future. Over 20 million new jobs are expected to be created between 2006 and 2020. Another 85 million jobs will be available to replace people who retire or leave the labour market for other reasons. Although more jobs and more job opportunities are forecast, the working age population will fall by around six million.