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.
Member States have committed today to strengthen support to more than 11 million people who have been unemployed for over a year. This will focus efforts towards offering a clear pathway towards employment.
The Recommendation will lead to simplified and more effective access to support for those out of work for long periods. Such support should leave nobody behind and combine
It puts forward three key steps:
The job integration agreement should consist of a tailor-made plan to bring the long-term unemployed back to work. It can include, depending on the existing services in each Member State:
Member States have also committed to an active involvement and partnership with employers, enhancing the range of services they can receive, as well as broadening targeted financial incentives for re-inserting jobseekers out of work for more than one year.