Parliamentary questions
1 June 2012
Question for oral answer
to the Commission
Rule 115
Pervenche Berès, on behalf of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs

 Subject: Towards a job-rich recovery

More than 6 million jobs have been lost in the EU since the beginning of the financial and economic crisis in 2008, causing the employment level to fall to 68.9 % in 2011. Unemployment is particularly high among young people, and crisis-related austerity measures have not improved Member States’ spending in areas crucial for long-term economic growth and job creation, such as education, training and innovation. In order to reach the employment targets set out in the EU 2020 Strategy, 17.6 million new jobs will have to be filled.

1. How does the Commission envisage supporting Member States in optimising wage-setting systems to ensure that real wage growth reflects productivity developments, creates new jobs, stimulates aggregate demand, prevents in-work poverty and helps fight inequalities and social exclusion?

2. What does the Commission specifically intend to do to support Member States in their fight against unemployment, in particular youth unemployment, through more efficient use of the structural funds?

3. How does the Commission intend to use the statistics and skills analysis provided by the future EU Skills Panorama to avoid skills mismatches and shortages?

4. How will the Commission involve Parliament in the proposed EURES reform, given that the Union’s financial support to the EURES network will be defined in the financial instruments for the MFF 2014-2020, in particular the PSCI and the ESF?

5. How does the Commission propose to support self-employment and business start-ups, in particular through public procurement and access to finance?

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