Council Recommendation “on the integration of the long-term unemployed into the labour-market”
Following the public consultation on tackling long-term unemployment, “one of the key challenges of the jobs and growth agenda”, the European Commission has just published its proposal for a Council Recommendation “on the integration of the long-term unemployed into the labour-market”. Long-term unemployment currently concerns 5% of the active population, more than 60% of which has already been out of work for two consecutive years. A number of measures to fight long-term unemployment are already in place at EU level. These include the European Semester recommendations, the European Social Fund and the European Network for Public Employment Services that cooperates to exchange good practices. The recommendations presented on 17 September aim to complement and reinforce these activities. They focus on the registration of the long-term unemployed, their individual assessment, job integration agreements and closer links with employers as well as monitoring and evaluation.