Brussels Daily
17 Sep 2015


Brussels Daily

Long-term unemployment: Europe takes action to help 12 million long-term unemployed get back to work

The European Commission has today proposed guidance to Member States to better help long-term unemployed return to work. Following the relaunch of the Youth Employment Initiative in May, this is another concrete initiative in the context of the broader economic and social agenda of the Juncker Commission, which seeks to strengthen job creation, economic recovery and social fairness in Europe. There are more than 12 million people in the EU who have been unemployed for over a year. Despite the economic recovery and signs of improvements in the EU labour market, their number doubled between 2007 and 2014, accounting for about half of the total number of unemployed. The proposal for a Council recommendation presented today foresees that all jobseekers who have been jobless for more than 12 months receive an individual assessment and that they receive a job integration agreement, offering them a concrete and personalised plan back to work before reaching 18 months of unemployment. Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, commented: “Long-term unemployment is one of the most difficult and acute challenges caused by the economic crisis, affecting more than 12 million people in Europe. It exposes an increasing part of our population to the risk of poverty and social exclusion. We must act to bring them back to work. We cannot settle for an economic recovery that leaves so many Europeans behind. I am confident that today’s proposal will make a difference for them with the full support of Member States, social partners and employers.” Press releases are available in here.

European Commission Statement following the vote of the European Parliament in favour of an emergency relocation mechanism for a further 120,000 refugees

Today, the European Parliament has taken an important step by voting in favour of the Commission’s proposal for relocation from Italy, Greece and Hungary of 120,000 people in clear need of international protection. The Commission welcomes this vote and is particularly grateful to Parliament for its fast reaction, using an emergency procedure to secure a vote in just a week after the proposal was first made. We now urge Member States to take the necessary decisions at the extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council on 22 September 2015. If the Council agrees on the Commission proposals on Tuesday, the Commission stands ready to work with Member States and the relevant European Agencies to relocate refugees immediately, and reduce the pressure on the most affected Member States. The full statement can be found here.  


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