THE EMPLOYMENT CRISIS TRENDS, POLICY RESPONSES AND KEY ACTIONS (2009) The employment policy response has covered the three priorities agreed by the European Council: maintaining employment, creating jobs and promoting mobility; upgrading skills and matching labour market needs; increasing access to employment and supporting households. A range of measures have been taken to support the active inclusion of those furthest from the labour market, and to promote the employment of those most at risk of exclusion: strengthening Public Employment Services to allow for more individualised support; expanding access to training ; subsidising employment for those furthest away from the labour market and promoting specifically the employment of people with disabilities; Temporary rebates on social security contributions to boost labour demand during the crisis have been introduced in several Member States; specific measures are targeted at older workers and aim at avoiding the use of early retirement schemes.
The EU's response to support the real economy during the economic crisis: an overview (2009) The EU's response to support the real economy during the economic crisis: an overview of member States' recovery measures, is a publication of the EU Commission - DG Economic and Financial Affairs as of July 2009. The report provides a preliminary assessment of the adequacy of member states' recovery plans supporting the real economy - labour markets and vulnerable groups, investments and businesses and an assessment on the EU's respond to the crisis.
The European Company Survey – First Findings (2009) Resumé of Eurofound's large-scale representative survey addressed to managers and employee representatives from spring 2009. The European Company Survey 2009 – Flexibility practices and social dialogue (ECS) is the second European-wide establishment survey launched by Eurofound. It covers the 27 EU Member States as well as Croatia, Turkey and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). The European Company Survey documents flexibility strategies of firms and it is a unique source of comparative information on social dialogue at the workplace. Previous research at Eurofound has shown that companies use different flexibility practices not in isolation but in combination. The survey studied different measures of internal and external quantitative and qualitative flexibility.