Related Theme: Social Affairs

Since the economic crisis, unemployment has reached unprecedented levels in the European Union. Current long-term jobless rates, and above all youth unemployment statistics, are unacceptable. Europe’s first priority must be to create more jobs.

Member States are primarily responsible for employment policy. However, the EU works with them to pursue a coordinated strategy for jobs: the European employment strategy. The EU encourages cooperation between Member States and supports and evaluates their efforts, mainly through the European Semester, guidelines on employment and the monitoring of national policies (Joint Employment Report, National Reform Programmes and country-specific recommendations).

The EESC on employment

The European Commission is obliged to consult the Committee on employment issues. The EESC has adopted opinions on all the main initiatives at EU level (for example, the Guidelines for employment policies, the Employment package, and measures to promote youth employment such as the Youth Guarantee).

You can find links to all our opinions and other activities on employment in the red and green boxes on this page.