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Europe is still not sufficiently skilled writes the European Commission in Pathways towards full employment

“The economic crisis is fuelling a stream of bad news about jobs in Europe.” writes Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission in the foreword of New skills and jobs in Europe: Pathways towards full employment (Adapted choosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor to follow) People around us are losing their jobs and … Continue reading

Europe / Rethinking Education strategy

The youth unemployment rate is close to 23% across the European Union – yet at the same time there are more than 2 million vacancies that cannot be filled. Europe needs a radical rethink on how education and training systems can deliver the skills needed by the labour market. The challenge could not be tougher … Continue reading

EU / Education reform key to growth

Europe’s governments must improve their education systems to help kick-start jobs and growth, the European Commission has said. The Commission has no direct role in national education policies but agreed a “strategic framework for European co-operation in education and training” with member states in 2009. Now Education and Culture Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou wants to monitor … Continue reading

Egypt / New EU support for job creation and vocational training for young people

The European Commission has approved new programmes for Egypt, to support job creation for unskilled workers, and to enhance the efficiency of the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) system to better respond to the demands of the labour market and to the country’s new socio-economic needs. The new support for job creation will provide … Continue reading

EU | Invest for a job-rich recovery in Europe says László Andor European Commissioner responsible for Employment

The macro-economic situation in Europe continues to be extremely challenging. A number of Member States are in a double-dip recession and labour markets are in a crisis not seen in the EU for at least two decades. What is more, the outlook is not getting better. The European Commission’s Autumn forecast, presented on Wednesday, projects … Continue reading

EU – Stimulating car industry

The European Union on Thursday launched an action plan to bolster the struggling car industry – its first concerted response to a worsening crisis that is hurting some of the continent’s biggest companies and endangering tens of thousands of jobs. Carmakers welcomed the plan’s long-term measures to support the sector but urged the EU to … Continue reading

Europe Youth Unemployment and the EU Youth Strategy

Youth unemployment is rising steadily in the EU as the economic crisis in Europe deepens. The latest data reveals an EU-wide youth unemployment rate of 22.8 percent, up from 21.7 percent a year ago as those under 25 continue to lose their jobs to the economic slowdown… Click here to see each country’s unemployment stats … Continue reading

Europe not doing enough on jobs and growth

The national governments of Europe are not doing enough to create jobs and growth. The president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, delivered this message after meeting with representatives of employers and trade unions in Brussels. Barroso called for immediate action. The crisis is going on unabated. Average unemployment in the EU is over … Continue reading

UE – SME: further policy boost needed to help in recovery

Europe’s Small and Medium Sized enterprises (SMEs) continue to strive for recovery. If we take the EU as a whole so far their overall efforts have mainly led to ‘jobless’ growth, as shown by diverging trends in the EU-27 Member States. Today in Brussels, the first day of the 2012 European SME week, the European … Continue reading

Sweden – €4.3 million to help former AstraZeneca workers in

The European Commission has today proposed to provide Sweden with €4.3 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 700 workers made redundant by the pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca back to employment. The proposal now goes to the European Parliament and the EU’s Council of Ministers for their approval. EU Commissioner for Employment, Social … Continue reading

“Girls in Science” campaign: European Commission Launches Controversial Video

Lipstick, bubbles, and makeup — not exactly the first things that come to mind when discussing science. However, those are all displayed in the European Commission’s controversial video for its “Girls in Science” campaign. The goal of the video is to attract more women to a career in science. According to commission officials, the video … Continue reading

Eurozone economy to shrink in 2012 dragged down by Greece, Spain, Italy …

The eurozone economy is forecast to shrink this year as its debt crisis continues to bite. The European Commission’s spring forecast confirmed its prediction of a 0.3% contraction in 2012 in the economies of the 17 countries that use the euro. It predicted growth of 1.0% for the eurozone in 2013. European Commissioner for Economic … Continue reading

Germany enlarges coverage of minimum wage

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives have agreed plans to introduce a mandatory minimum wage for sectors of the economy that do not already have one, in the latest policy shift to try to win over left-leaning voters before next year’s election. Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) have long opposed a blanket minimum wage, arguing that it … Continue reading

Job Gap | Europe’s army of ‘underemployed’ nearly 25 million plus 9 million underemployed

Almost nine million people in the European Union were considered “underemployed” in 2011, according to new Eurostat figures. These numbers add to the growing ranks of nearly 25 million unemployed in the EU, highlighting a ticking social time-bomb. Some 42 million workers in the EU were employed part-time in 2011, according to a survey by … Continue reading

Europe | Promoting of job creation and labour demand – We hope so!

“The European Commission and I do not believe that the European social model is dead,” European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told the European Parliament on 18 April. The same day the Commission adopted a package of documents dedicated to creating jobs and achieving higher employment in the EU. The Commission proposes specific measures to … Continue reading

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