Strategies and policies

At the EU level, measures to boost jobs and skills, youth employment and lifelong learning have been put forward.

Within the partnership of the Urban Agenda for the EU on jobs and skills in the local economy, EU countries and the European Commission deal with economic performance and business development at the local level.

Jobs and skills

The New Skills Agenda for Europe launches a number of actions to ensure that the right training, the right skills and the right support are available to people in the European Union.

New Skills Agenda for Europe

Youth employment

The EU has introduced a series of measures to increase the chances of young people getting jobs.

Youth guarantee

Youth employment initiative

Your first EURES Job (YfEJ)

European Solidarity Corps

Training and lifelong learning

A lifelong access to education and training possibilities is vital for growth in jobs and skills in the local economy.

Quality Framework for Traineeships

European Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships

A new impetus for European cooperation in vocational education and training to support the Europe 2020 strategy

EU quality framework for anticipation of change and restructuring

Exploiting the employment potential of ICTs

Language competences for employability, mobility and growth

Mutual learning programme

Partnership and flexible pathways for lifelong skills development

The Copenhagen Declaration on enhanced European cooperation in vocational education and training

Towards more effective adult learning policies

Updating of the labour market model

Urban data and studies

Main data and studies

Centre for Research on Education and Lifelong Learning (CRELL VIII)

EntreComp: The Entrepreneurship Competence Framework


EU skills Panorama

European Quality Assurance Reference Framework (EQAVET)

European Qualifications Framework (EQF)

European Small Business Portal


Eurostat: Labour market policies (LMP) database

EurWORK: the European observatory of working life

Open data portal for ESI

Public Employment Services (PES): PES practices

Study on international sectoral qualifications frameworks and systems

Study on obstacles to recognition of skills and qualifications

Urban data platform

Your Europe business portal

Other data and studies

Database of labour market practices

European city statistics and degree of urbanisation

How are refugees faring on the labour market in Europe? Working Paper 1/2016

LABREF labour market reforms database

LUISA territorial modelling platform

Funding opportunities and advice

Programmes and funding opportunities

European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)

European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)

Youth guarantee

Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME)


European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF)

Joint European Resources for Micro to medium Enterprises (JEREMIE)

InvestEU Portal

Horizon 2020

Urban Innovative Actions (UIA)


Employment and Social Innovation programme (EaSI)

Joint programming initiative urban Europe

Advice and technical assistance

European Investment Advisory Hub (from end of 2021: InvestEU Advisory Hub)


Beginner's Guide to EU Funding

Accessing regional-policy funds


Advisory committee on free movement of workers

Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe (EPALE)

European Employment Policy Observatory (EEPO)

European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound)

European Training Foundation

Expert group on social entrepreneurship (GECES)

Free movement of workers and Social security coordination (FreSsco)

Grand coalition for digital jobs

Partnership between employment services (PARES)


Standing committee for employment and social affairs

Project examples

Innovative actions - The Better Concept: Distance learning university courses for SME employees

Urban Innovative Actions in Bilbao, Madrid, Milan and Rotterdam


Jobtown (2012-2015)

My Generation at work (2013-2015)

FIN-URB-ACT (2008-2011)

WEED (2008-2011)


SucceS (Sustainable Uplifiting Client Centred Employment Support)

Horizon 2020



European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations (ESCO)

Reference framework for sustainable cities

Mingo - Success with tailored advice for micro-enterprises


Sector Skills Alliances

Your first EURES job - targeted mobility scheme

EU legislation

Legislation on employment and social rights