The von der Leyen Commission has launched a new European Semester cycle, the first of its mandate. It presents an ambitious, rebooted growth strategy focused on promoting competitive sustainability to build an economy that works for people and the planet.
The Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy delivers on the vision set out in President Ursula von der Leyen's Political Guidelines. It sets out the economic and employment policy strategy for the EU, placing sustainability and social inclusion at the heart of the EU's economic policymaking, in line with the priorities enshrined in the European Green Deal, the Commission's new growth strategy.
Joint Employment Report
The proposal for a Joint Employment Report analyses the employment and social situation in Europe and highlights the areas in which progress has been made, and where more needs to be done.
241.5 million people are now in work, unemployment in the EU is at a record low (6.3%), and labour market conditions are improving. However,
- gender inequality remains a substantial challenge, as does wage inequality
- certain groups, in particular children and people with disabilities, are still at high risk of poverty or social exclusion
- and youth unemployment is a serious concern in some Member States.
The European Council is invited to endorse the sustainable growth strategy presented today.
Member States should take account of the priorities identified by the Commission in its sustainable growth strategy in their national policies and strategies, as set out in their Stability or Convergence Programmes and their National Reform Programmes which they will submit next year.
On that basis, the Commission will propose Country-Specific Recommendations (CSRs) as part of the European Semester Spring Package. The CSRs will be adopted by the Member States in the Council. Member States are thus ultimately responsible for their content and implementation.