Commissioner Marianne Thyssen, in charge of Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, took active part in the discussions at the 10th European Regional meeting of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on 2 October in Istanbul.
On 3 March, the European Council of employment and social policy ministers adopted the 2017 Joint Employment Report.
Today, the European Commission adopted a Communication that highlights the main achievements of the Youth Guarantee and Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) since their launch in 2013 and draws lessons on how to improve the EU and national efforts on deploying national Youth Guarantee schemes.
Today the European Commission adopted a proposal for a Regulation on new, integrated ways to collect and use data from social surveys so as to better support policy making in general and social policy in particular.
The Commission has adopted a new and comprehensive Skills Agenda for Europe today. The aim is to ensure that people develop a broad set of skills from early on in life and to make the most of Europe’s human capital, which will ultimately boost employability, competitiveness and growth in Europe.
The global financial crisis triggered a deep recession in 2008 and 2009, the deepest since the Great Recession of the early 1930s. In 2009, the EU's GDP dropped by 4.4%, and in 2014 it barely exceeded the level of 2008.
Today, the Employment and Social Policy Ministers have reached an agreement during the EPSCO Council on the Commission's proposal for a Recommendation on long-term unemployment.
Social Agenda n°42 presents the European Commission's proposal to tackle long-term unemployment.
The European Commission has proposed guidance today to Member States to better help long-term unemployed return to work.
In all EU countries, social security systems are in place to provide a safety net to those who lose their jobs. Much has been said about the generosity of unemployment benefits that may entice workers to stay at home rather than to look for a job, or about the need to make sure that the unemployed receiving benefits also meet obligations to actually look for a job or get training.