With EU unemployment hitting record levels and forecasts of a grim economic outlook for the months ahead, the European Commission came forward on April 18 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 as well as supporting business start-ups more strongly.
It also identifies the areas with the biggest job potentials 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.”