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European Employment Strategy (EES)

The European Employment Strategy (EES) helps European Union countries to create more and better jobs. Objectives, priorities and targets are agreed at EU level. Governments then coordinate their efforts to promote employment.

Unemployment is today one of the most important challenges the EU is facing. The Europe 2020 strategy sets out to achieve an employment rate of 75 % of the working population by 2020. In order to achieve this target, the European Employment Strategy provides a framework within which EU countries can share, discuss, and coordinate their employment policies.

Cohesion policy supports this policy. ‘Promoting sustainable and quality employment and supporting labour mobility’ is one of the 11 thematic objectives for cohesion policy 2014-20, and one of the key priorities for the European Social Fund (ESF). In addition, the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) provide support for regional development policies which result in innovation, growth, and ultimately, higher employment rates.