Social Policy : New Measures in 2012 to Boost Employment

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Social Policy : New Measures in 2012 to Boost Employment


A series of initiatives on employment, pensions and social inclusion are scheduled to be presented by European Commission in 2012. On 15 November, the Commission outlined its work programme Delivering European renewal', which claims that "job creation remains one of the greatest challenges for Europe today, and the EU can make a key contribution".

The employment package includes a communication on the orientations defined in the 2012 annual growth analysis; a communication on flexicurity; a (partly legislative) proposal on the reform of the EU network of services and employment. Through this last chapter, the Commission wishes to: 1. establish the European job mobility portal (EURES) as a matching placement and recruitment tool for labour mobility across Europe; 2. expand EURES to support the new Your first EURES job' scheme; 3. reflect ECJ case law on placement services, which will need to be opened up to private employment services while widening the range of EURES partners. Alongside this package, the Commission will publish a green paper on restructuring and economic adjustment and a legislative proposal to include seafarers and ships in the field of application of several EU directives on labour law.

On a more long-term perspective, the Commission will tackle demographic ageing - a true challenge for public policies. It will also ensure that recommendations per country adopted for pensions are being followed and will take initiatives in fields with cross-border dimension. In particular, in 2012 it will launch an initiative aiming to reinforce the internal market for secure and efficient pension products. The Commission will also present proposals on supplementary pension rights of people who change jobs - on the basis of negotiations launched in 2005. …

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