The European employment strategy seeks to create more and better jobs throughout the EU. It takes its inspiration from the Europe 2020 growth strategy.
In response to the high level of unemployment in Europe, the European Commission launched in April 2012 a set of measures to boost jobs, the so called "Employment package". It seeks to:
The European employment strategy provides a framework (the "open method of coordination") for EU countries to share information, discuss and coordinate their employment policies.
It is based in the annual growth survey (AGS), which sets out the EU's priorities for the coming year to boost growth and job creation and opens the yearly European semester, which promotes closer coordination by national governments of their economic and fiscal policies.
Each year, this process (which is supported by the work of the Employment committee) involves the following steps: