On 7 September 2020, Commissioners Johansson and Schmit and representatives of the five Social and Economic Partners organisations (ETUC, Business Europe, SMEUnited, CEEP, Eurochambres) renewed their commitment to the European Partnership for Integration through a joint statement (PDF). On that occasion, the Commission published a press release with statements by Commissioners Johansson and Schmit as well as Vice-Presidents Schinas and Dombrovskis.
On 5 May 2020, Commissioner Johansson and Economic and Social Partners met to discuss the role of migration and integration in the recovery phase following the COVID-19 crisis. Following this meeting, Commissioner Johansson issued a press statement stressing her intention to renew the Partnership and continue the cooperation with Economic and Social Partners organisations.
On 3 March 2020, Commissioner for Home Affairs Ms Ylva Johansson met with Economic and Social Partners in the context of the consultations on the Pact on Asylum and Migration.
On 20 December 2017, the European Commission and European social and economic partners signed the European Partnership for Integration (PDF) to work more closely together in order to foster the integration of refugees in the labour market. The Partnership lays down key principles for the integration of refugees into the labour market, including providing support as early as possible, ensuring that integration benefits refugees and the economy and society at large and ensuring a multi-stakeholder approach, as well as commitments to put these principles into practice.
Since the launch of the Partnership, Economic and Social partners have implemented a wide range of actions in the field of integration in more than 20 EU countries. The European Commission has co-funded several innovative projects bringing together employers, chambers of industry and commerce, trade unions and migrant associations to help refugees and other migrants integrate into the labour market.