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European Employment Observatory (EEO)

The aim of the European Employment Observatory (EEO) is to facilitate the exchange of information between Member States and to analyse trends in the European Union’s (EU) labour markets. It assists the European Commission in developing European employment policy.


Resolution of the Council and of the Ministers for Labour and Social Affairs, meeting within the Council of 30 November 1989 on setting up a European employment survey [OJ C 328 of 30.12.1989].


The European Employment Observatory (EEO) is an information system on employment policies and labour market trends in the European Union (EU). Its mission is to analyse forecasts of developments in the labour markets, particularly in those sectors of activity most affected by the completion of the internal market.

Its main tasks are:

  • collecting information and statistical data from EU Member States;
  • analysing large developments by sector;
  • disseminating results to economic and social players, specifically European social partners.

The Observatory is composed of representatives from the Member States, the EU candidate countries and the member countries of the European Economic Area (EEA). It operates through a steering group and a network of experts.

Community System of Documentation on Employment (SYSDEM)

SYSDEM is a network of experts from independent national research institutes. This network contributes towards achieving the EEO’s missions through:

  • producing reports on evaluations and research on the impact of labour market policy;
  • analysing policy priorities relating to employment;
  • analysing national employment action plans.
Last updated: 20.05.2011

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