Jobs: fostering social entrepreneurship and a competitive EU labour market  

“Social economy” enterprises deserve more help to create jobs for vulnerable people and benefit local communities, MEPs will argue in a debate on Wednesday and a resolution to be voted on Thursday. Parliament will also debate and vote on a draft resolution on how to make the EU labour market more competitive, as a way to recover from the crisis.

Creating jobs for vulnerable groups and contributing to positive social and environmental impact in local communities are key aims of social economy enterprises.

MEPs will debate a draft resolution by the Employment Committee calling for better cooperation among social enterprises, easier access to EU funding for their development and possible creation of a specific company category with its own legal status for cooperative societies, associations, foundations and mutual societies.

Competitive EU labour market

A separate draft resolution calls for reforms to increase the personal career flexibility of employees, which should go hand in hand with better matching of skills and jobs, including cooperation between education systems and businesses. It also underlines the importance of investing in jobs and life-long learning for the unemployed.

Precarious employment

MEPs will also put a question to the Commission on precarious forms of employment, such as zero-hour contracts, false self-employment, sub-contracted and outsourced work, and what the EU can do to combat them more effectively.

Procedure: Non-legislative resolutions

2014/2236(INI) - Social entrepreneurship and social innovation in combatting unemployment

2014/2235(INI) - Creating a competitive EU labour market for the 21st century

Debate: Wednesday, 9 September

Vote: Thursday, 10 September

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