The European Commission works with International Organisations and countries to:
The European Commission works to ensure that employment and social aspects are taken into account when the EU formulates its overall external policies. Through its trade and development cooperation policies, the Commission focuses in particular on the concepts of sustainable development and decent work.
The EU seeks to enhance the employment and social policies of all enlargement countries. To this effect, the Commission has a policy dialogue with the countries, and it assesses each year the progress of candidate countries and potential candidates. Negotiations on these issues are conducted with candidate countries, as they move towards the goal of EU membership.
The Commission works to strengthen human capital and help combat social exclusion in these countries, through measures supported by the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA), in particular its Component IV Human resources development, which helps preparing candidate countries' participation in the EU cohesion policy and the European Social Fund.
The EU cooperates on employment and social issues with neighbouring countries through the European Neighbourhood Policy and regional initiatives such as:
The European Commission negotiates agreements, holds policy dialogues and exchanges good practices on employment and social matters with the countries concerned.
Cooperation takes the form of: