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The EU is stepping up support to the Member States by giving them more specific policy guidelines.

Long-term unemployment


Examples of European Social Fund Projects

The ESF is funding tens of thousands of projects across the Union that make a real difference to the lives of millions of individuals. Here you can find some examples.

The Youth Guarantee country by country

All EU countries have presented comprehensive Youth Guarantee Implementation Plans, complying with the deadlines set by the European Council.

The plans identify precisely the measures to be taken to implement the Youth Guarantee. They outline the timeframe for youth employment reforms and measures, the roles of public authorities and other organisations, and how it will be financed.

Please see the country fiches for a detailed assessment of the Youth Guarantee implementation in each country.


Launch of European Alliance for Apprenticeships

The Alliance will help to fight youth unemployment by improving the quality and supply of apprenticeships across the EU through a broad partnership of key employment and education stakeholders. It also seeks to change attitudes to apprenticeships. It will in particular identify the most successful apprenticeship schemes in the EU and apply appropriate solutions in each Member State.

Countries with strong vocational education and training (VET) systems, such as Germany, Denmark, The Netherlands and Austria, tend to have less youth unemployment.


Adriatic Oil Drilling and the Great Jobs Myth By Clean Adriatic Sea Alliance

Recently Barbara Dorić stated that the contractors for the oil exploration and exploitation will be giving preference to hiring a ‘local workforce’. The truth (the actual contracts) state that job preferences is to be given to EU and Croatian workers, same for any required equipment.

So what jobs will be available for 20% of Croatia’s unemployed population, or 50% of the unemployed youth? None sadly.


Investing in people: EU funding for employment and social inclusion – Social Europe guide – Volume 7 (18/07/2014)

The Social Europe guide is a bi-annual publication aimed at providing an interested but not necessarily specialised audience with a concise overview of specific areas of EU policy in the field of employment, social affairs and inclusion. It illustrates the key issues and challenges, explains policy actions and instru¬ments at EU level and provides examples of best practices from EU Member States. It also presents views on the subject from the Council Presidency and the European Parliament.
Volume 7 focuses on EU funding instruments used to help people into employment or out of poverty and social exclusion. The guide outlines the aims and objectives of four specific funds: the European Social Fund (ESF); the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD); the EU programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI); and the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF).
There is a particular focus on priorities for the EU’s new financial period, which runs from 2014-2020, and on how these funds will support Europe 2020, the EU’s economic strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.


Dinner speech at the Conference “Jobs for Europe: The Employment Policy Conference”/ Brussels, 6 September 2012

My second point is that we cannot make job creation the real priority without changing the prevailing macroeconomic paradigm. The model of economic and monetary union we inherited did not create strong foundations for either economic prosperity or social cohesion. Instead it has brought us the so-called process of ‘internal devaluation’, which contradicts many of the principles the EU should stand for. We need to build a genuine “EMU 2.0”, reshaping not only the general macroeconomic model but also the macroeconomic dimension of employment policy.Many adjustments are necessary to correct existing macroeconomic imbalances and reallocate labour to more productive and sustainable activities, these adjustments cannot be one-sided, and aggregate demand must not be ignored in this process. Our economies will only pick up if there are enough people working, earning and spending. In other words, we need to remember that putting people to productive work creates growth. We also have to restore labour’s share in total income.

This is why, in the April 2012 Employment Package, we have sought to rebalance the EU’s employment strategy to develop the demand side of it.

In particular, the Package focuses on stepping up job creation by using a mix of policy measures acting on the demand side, such as cost determinants (taxes, subsidies, wages), EU structural funding and development of key job-rich sectors, notably the green economy, ICT and healthcare sectors.

A good starting point for deploying demand-side measures is to consider what the economic and social needs over the coming years will be, and whether enough labour is employed to address these needs.