European Commission - Press release
Commission presents new measures and identifies key opportunities for EU job-rich recovery
Strasbourg, 18 April 2012 – With EU unemployment hitting record levels and forecasts of a grim economic outlook for the months ahead, the Commission has come forward today with a set of concrete measures to boost jobs. The proposal focuses on the demand-side of job creation, setting out ways for Member States to encourage hiring by reducing taxes on labour or supporting business start-ups more. It also identifies the areas with the biggest job potential for the future: the green economy, health services and ICT. The policy communication underlines the need for a stronger employment and social dimension to EU governance and lays down ways to involve employers' and workers' representatives more in setting EU priorities.
President Barroso said: "Europe needs a job-creation strategy to tackle its unacceptable level of unemployment. The EU has a large untapped potential to boost job creation. All together, the green economy, the health and new technology sectors will create more than 20 millions of jobs in the years to come. Member States need to seize these opportunities,mobilise existing resources and stimulate their labour market in close cooperation with the social partners. Together we can make it happen."
Presenting the new package in Strasbourg, László Andor, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion said: "current levels of unemployment in the EU are dramatic and unacceptable. Job creation must become a real European priority". He added: “If we are to restore growth and cope with major structural changes like the greening of the economy, an ageing population and technological change, the EU needs a dynamic and inclusive European labour market ".
1. The employment package urges Member States to strengthen their national employment policies. In particular it includes proposals for Member States to:
2. The Communication also lays down key areas for reform so that labour markets become more dynamic and inclusive and therefore more resilient to economic change. These proposals include:
3. The "employment package" also aims to create a genuine EU labour market:
4. Finally, the employment package paves the way for reinforced coordination and monitoring of employment policies at EU level in line with EU economic governance. From 2013, and as part of the European Semester, the Commission plans to introduce a scoreboard to keep track of Member States’ progress in implementing their National Job Plans. To reinforce the involvement of EU and national social partners in employment policy making the Commission has put forward plans for EU-level exchanges of views and monitoring on wage developments. Finally, the package stresses the important link between policy and EU financial instruments (like the European Social Fund) in supporting countries' employment priorities and reforms.
The package will be discussed at a high level employment conference 6-7 September to further mobilise all partners to implement the measures announced. Today's Employment Package includes a Commission policy communication "Towards a job-rich recovery" and nine Commission Staff Working Documents, of which two are consultation papers:
For more information:
Communication: Towards a job-rich recovery : MEMO/12/252
All documents including the Commission Staff Working Documents are available at:
Monitoring the social impact of the crisis: public perceptions in the European Union:
Website of DG EMPL on the Employment Strategy: