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The future of the Economic and Monetary Union: Commission proposes ideas to deepen social integration

02/10/2013 A couple in the middle of a crowd

The European Commission has proposed to create a new scoreboard to allow for better and earlier identification of major employment and social problems in the framework of the European Semester, the EU's yearly economic policy-making cycle.

Further involving trades unions and employers at both the EU and national level in the definition and implementation of policy recommendations during the European Semester, making better use of EU and national budgets to alleviate social distress and removing barriers to job mobility are also proposals that feature in a Communication on the social dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), adopted by the European Commission today.

The Communication follows the Commission's Blueprint on a deep and genuine EMU, published in November 2012, and will feed into discussions on the future of the EMU at the European Council on 24-25 October.

The Communication focuses on three areas:

  • Reinforcing surveillance of employment and social challenges and strengthening policy coordination under the European Semester;
  • Enhancing solidarity and reinforcing job mobility;
  • Strengthening social dialogue.


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