As globalisation makes the process of change a way of life, EU workers need to become more adaptable and open to change, so that they can improve their employability.
Some groups in society face discrimination in finding work, as well as in the workplace.
To help meet the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy, European workers must be among the best in the world: well educated and trained, with the skills to meet the demands of the knowledge economy and to take it forward.
Social cohesion is an important goal of the EU and a major element in the European values expressed in our inclusive social welfare and support systems.
Equality between women and men is a fundamental feature of our democratic society. It is an important element of the EU Strategy for Growth and Jobs, and essential for the European Union to sustain its prosperity.
Passengers alighting at the railway station in the southern Swedish town of Hässleholm pass by a smart grocery shop with an inviting assortment of cheeses displayed in the window. ‘Anne-Lie’s Ost & Delikatess’, announces a cheerful sign. Inside, Anne-Lie Thuvesson smiles broadly as she greets customers and serves them from her range of specialist cheeses, fine teas and coffees, imported oils and biscuits and chocolate selections.
When Abshir Abukar started working in one of the largest garden centres in Sweden, he did not know much about plants or tools and he was even allergic to pollen. But he learned quickly and now has a varied role that involves managing stock, helping customers and working in a team. In fact, it has proved a great role for the 25-year-old.
Born deaf and hard of hearing, Mário Greško was left as an infant by his mother at an orphanage in rural Slovakia.
Katarína Vargová was a successful businesswoman running her own small company in the textiles sector in Bratislava, Slovakia, when she interrupted her career to raise her newborn son.
Growing up on a small farm in the rural Prekmurje region in northeast Slovenia, Andrej Lovrencec has deep roots in the countryside.