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Employment Package

The Employment Package is a set of measures announced by the European Commission in April 2012 to boost job creation in the European Union. The measures are contained in Communication COM(2012) 173 final: Towards a job-rich recovery (120Kb PDF).

It has three main areas of focus. The first is to support job creation by:

  • reducing taxes on labour;
  • using hiring subsidies effectively;
  • promoting and supporting self-employment, social enterprises and business start-ups;
  • transforming informal or undeclared work into regular employment;
  • boosting take-home pay;
  • modernising wage-setting systems to align wages with productivity developments;
  • exploiting the job creation potential of key sectors such as the green economy, information and communications technology (ICT) and the health and care sector;
  • mobilising EU funds for job creation, such as the European Social Fund.

The second area of focus is to restore the dynamics of labour markets by:

  • helping workers to change jobs or get back into work, and making such transitions pay;
  • reducing the labour market segmentation between those in precarious work and those employed on a more stable basis;
  • anticipating economic restructuring;
  • encouraging companies’ internal flexibility to protect jobs in times of crisis;
  • encouraging decent and sustainable wages;
  • mobilising all actors to implement the required reforms;
  • investing in skills and lifelong learning;
  • supporting active labour market policies;
  • focusing on youth and youth transitions;
  • reinforcing social dialogue, based on better forecasting and monitoring of needs;
  • promoting the free movement of workers;

The third area of focus aims to strengthen the governance of employment policies by:

  • reinforcing their monitoring;
  • ensuring that employment and social concerns do not lag behind economic concerns.

The Commission also proposes to strengthen the involvement of the social partners in the European semester, the annual cycle of macro-economic, budgetary and structural policy coordination, and to reinforce the link between employment policies and relevant financial instruments.

An integral part of EU Employment Strategy, the Employment Package also builds on the Europe 2020 Agenda for new skills and jobs and is supported by the European Employment Observatory (EEO) and the Mutual Learning Programme (MLP).

See also: European Employment Strategy; Employment rate; European social dialogue; European social model; National Action Plans; National Reform Programmes; Open method of coordination; Peer review; Subsidiarity.


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