New measures and key opportunities for EU job-rich recovery

New measures and key opportunities for EU job-rich recovery
On Wednesday 20th April 2012, the European Commission presented an employement package with concrete measures that will help job creation and set out how EU funds can be used to make long-term investments in human capital.

The proposal focuses on the demand-side of job creation, setting out ways for Member States to encourage hiring by reducing taxes on labour or supporting business start-ups more. It also identifies the areas with the biggest job potential for the future: the green economy, health services and ICT.

The package underlines also 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. The package will be discussed at a high level employment conference next 6-7 September to further mobilise all partners to implement the measures announced.