EC proposes to help jobless by improving efficiency of public employment services

ec-logoMember States’ public employment services have a crucial role to play in helping the 26 million unemployed in Europe to get a job. This is why the European Commission has proposed a Decision to help public employment services to maximise their effectiveness through closer cooperation to better address the needs of the unemployed and businesses.
Effective public employment services are essential for the practical implementation by Member States of employment policies, such as the Youth Guarantee, announced the European Commission. For example, public employment services are well placed to advise individual jobseekers on training, apprenticeship, traineeship and further education opportunities adapted to their situation and to employers’ requirements.
Moreover, public employment services also vital in ensuring a better match between jobseekers with particular skills and employers looking for these skills. The latest issue of the European Vacancy Monitor shows that despite record unemployment in Europe, 1.7 million vacancies remain unfilled in the EU.
In detail
The proposed Decision would establish a platform for:
– comparing the performance public employment services against relevant benchmarks
– identifying best practices
– fostering mutual learning.
The network would also provide support for the practical implementation by Member States of employment policies. A notable example is implementation of the Youth Guarantee agreed by the EU’s Council of Ministers.
The network would help Member States to implement the country-specific recommendations on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of public employment services issued by the Council in the framework of the European Semester.
Next steps
The proposed Decision will now go to the EU’s Council of Ministers and the European Parliament for adoption, and should be implemented from 2014.

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