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1 European Commission Employment & Social Affairs Employment & European Social Fund Conference on Labour Markets, Growth and Poverty Reduction Conference on Labour Markets, Growth and Poverty Reduction - Thessaloniki May 27 – 28 - Egbert Holthuis European Commission - DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities

2 European Commission Employment & Social Affairs Employment & European Social Fund The EES : a complement to other instruments in the social field since 1997 The EES: a key pillar of the Lisbon Agenda since 2000 The open method of coordination on social protection and social inclusion The European Employment Strategy (1)

3 European Commission Employment & Social Affairs Employment & European Social Fund 3 over-arching objectives: full employment, quality and productivity, social and territorial cohesion 10 Specific Guidelines + targets Annual country-specific recommendations Annual National Action Plans for Employment Good governance and partnership The European Employment Strategy (2)

4 European Commission Employment & Social Affairs Employment & European Social Fund Table 1. Overall employment rates Pace of progress since 1997 Rates in 2003 (%) LowClose to averageHigh > 70 DKSE, UKNL 65-70 AT, CY, DE, PTFI, IE < 65 CZ, EE, LT, MT, PL, SI, SK BE, EL, FR, LU, LV ES, HU, IT Key lessons: full employment (1)

5 European Commission Employment & Social Affairs Employment & European Social Fund Annual growth rate of real GDP per person (1997-2003) GDP per person employed in ppp in 2003 (EU25=100) LowMedianHigh ≥ 110IT AT, FI, BE, FR, LU, NL IE 75-110ESDE, DK, SE, UKCY, EL, MT 50-75PT CZ, HU, PL, SI, SK ≤ 50EE, LV, LT Table 2. Labour productivity growth and levels (per person employed) Key lessons: labour productivity

6 European Commission Employment & Social Affairs Employment & European Social Fund performances: 12 million new jobs in EU15 since 1997 / unemployment dropped by 4 million structural changes: a more employment-intensive growth pattern / greater resilience of the labour market impact on national policies: focus on employment growth; move towards an active and preventive approach; role of human capital and lifelong learning; quality and productivity at work; gender equality; employment-friendly reforms of tax/benefits; role of the public employment services; use of indicators and targets; monitoring and evaluation; etc. Key lessons: the role of the EES

7 European Commission Employment & Social Affairs Employment & European Social Fund Table 4. Employment rates of older workers (55-64) Pace of progress since 1997 Rates in 2003 (%) LowClose to averageHigh > 50 CY, EEPT, SEDK, UK 40-50 ELCZ, ES, LTFI, IE, LV, NL < 40 AT, DE, PL, SI, SK + RO BE, IT, LU, MTFR, HU Key lessons: full employment (3)

8 European Commission Employment & Social Affairs Employment & European Social Fund Graph 1. Recent trends and necessary path to the 2010 employment rate target Key lessons: full employment (4)

9 European Commission Employment & Social Affairs Employment & European Social Fund The new Lisbon Agenda: more and better jobs (1) Key employment challenges for the EU (cf. Commission's Social Agenda of 9/2/2005) Diversity of performances in the enlarged EU Anticipating, triggering & absorbing economic change Demographic trends and ageing

10 European Commission Employment & Social Affairs Employment & European Social Fund The new Lisbon Agenda: more and better jobs (2) Key priorities for action attract and retain more people in employment and modernise social protection systems improve the adaptability of workers and enterprises and the functioning of the labour market invest more in human capital through better education and skills + improve implementation through better governance

11 European Commission Employment & Social Affairs Employment & European Social Fund Lessons learned from enlargement Identify challenges and priorities: cf. Join assessment paper on employment / Joint inclusion memorandum / ETF monograph, etc. Need to invest in social and human capital infrastructures to succeed restructuring Preparing for Lisbon: a strategic view, clear commitments and targets, partnership at all levels, effective monitoring and reporting Using the European Social Fund as a lever

12 European Commission Employment & Social Affairs Employment & European Social Fund More information Commission's Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities website: http://europa.eu.int/comm/ employment_social/index_en.htm


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