In April 2012, as part of the employment package, the Commission published a Staff Working Document on “exploiting the potential of the personal and household services”.
This package aims at identifying possible answers to the issues of:
- Better work-life balance, achieved through increased externalization of daily tasks made at home to service providers, as well as of child and elderly care.
- Job creation for the relatively low-skilled, in particular in housework services.
- Improvement in the quality of care.
The Commission's services submited this document to all stakeholders for debate, including national authorities, social partners, and service users and suppliers. Responses, opinions, and commentary received have been analysed. The issues raised in the public consultation and the main findings will be further developed during the various sessions of this conference.
For further information please send an e-mail to the following mail box: EMPL-HOUSEHOLD-SERVICES@ec.europa.eu