Public expectations and EU policies - The fight against unemployment

Briefing 30-06-2016

Fighting unemployment is an important part of the Europe 2020 Strategy. The European Commission set a target of 75% of 20 to 64 year-olds being employed by 2020. Policies and programmes aimed at fighting unemployment follow various paths: reducing taxes on labour, supporting start-ups, encouraging labour mobility, tackling poverty and social exclusion, improving working conditions and investing in education, vocational training and lifelong learning. More recent initiatives seek to make better use of available skills and enable rapid recognition of qualifications, but also to assess individual needs. Despite all the initiatives, EU citizens still expect more EU intervention in the fight against unemployment or expect to see results from the initiatives that have already started.