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Within the EU, the European Semester provides a framework for the coordination of economic policies, fostering jobs creation and growth, and ensuring among other sound public finances. Strategic investments of EUR 500 billion are expected by 2020 through the Investment Plan for Europe. By the same year, the EU 2020 Strategy for growth and jobs aims to put 75% of the 20-64 year-olds in job.

The European pillar of social rights establishes principles and rights essential for fair and well-functioning labour markets and welfare systems. The EU Cohesion Policy foresees about EUR 350 billion of funding to advance economic and social targets during 2014-2020. Economic and environmental concerns are addressed through the Circular economy package by maximising efficiency in the use of resources.

Beyond EU's borders, the European development policy supports macroeconomic stability and growth, technical and vocational training, as well as trade to widen job opportunities. The EU trade and investment policy includes sustainable development chapters in the new generation of trade and investment agreements.

A full list of EU policies and actions supporting Goal 8 is available below.

EU actions

Sorted alphabetically.

EU Actions supporting Goal 8.

EU Actions supporting specific Goal 8 targets.

8.1 - Sustain per capita economic growth in accordance with national circumstances and, in particular, at least 7 per cent gross domestic product growth per annum in the least developed countries

8.2 - Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labour-intensive sectors

8.3 - Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services

8.4 - Improve progressively, through 2030, global resource efficiency in consumption and production and endeavour to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, in accordance with the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production, with developed countries taking the lead

8.5 - By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value

8.6 - By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training

8.7 - Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms

8.8 - Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment

8.9 - By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products

8.10 - Strengthen the capacity of domestic financial institutions to encourage and expand access to banking, insurance and financial services for all

8.a - Increase Aid for Trade support for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, including through the Enhanced Integrated Framework for Trade-Related Technical Assistance to Least Developed Countries

8.b - By 2020, develop and operationalize a global strategy for youth employment and implement the Global Jobs Pact of the International Labour Organization