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2016/0043(NLE) Guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States in 2016

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead EMPL AGEA Laura (icon: EFDD EFDD) JAZŁOWIECKA Danuta (icon: PPE PPE), LÓPEZ Javi (icon: S&D S&D), BASHIR Amjad (icon: ECR ECR), MARTIN Dominique (icon: ENF ENF)
Committee Opinion ECON
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 148-p2

Events

2016/11/26
   EC - Commission response to text adopted in plenary
Documents
2016/10/18
   Final act published in Official Journal
Details

PURPOSE: to confirm, for 2016, the validity of the guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States.

NON-LEGISLATIVE ACT: Council Decision (EU) 2016/1838 on guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States for 2016.

BACKGROUND: the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) stipulates that Member States and the Union are to work towards developing a coordinated strategy for employment and particularly for promoting a skilled, trained and adaptable workforce as well as labour markets that are responsive to economic change.

On 14 July 2015, the Council adopted Recommendation (EU) 2015/1184 on broad guidelines for the economic policies of the Member States and of the Union.

On 5 October 2015, the Council adopted Decision (EU) 2015/1848 on guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States for 2015 (‘employment guidelines’).

Those two sets of guidelines form the integrated guidelines for implementing the Europe 2020 strategy (‘Europe 2020 integrated guidelines’). They are in line with the conclusions of the European Council of 17 and 18 March 2016 and with the Stability and Growth Pact. They give precise guidance to the Member States on defining their National Reform Programmes and on implementing reforms, while reflecting interdependence.

The examination of Member States' National Reform Programmes contained in the Joint Employment Report shows that Member States should make every effort to:

boost demand for labour, enhance labour supply, skills and competences, enhance the functioning of labour market, foster social inclusion, combat poverty and promote equal opportunities.

These objectives are in line with the 2015 Guidelines.

CONTENT: under this Decision, it is provided that the guidelines for Member States' employment policies as set out in the Annex to Council Decision of 5 October 2015 on guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States are maintained for 2016 .

The employment guidelines should remain stable to ensure a focus on their implementation. In the light of an assessment of the developments of the labour markets and the social situation since the adoption of the employment guidelines in 2015, no update is necessary . The reasons for their adoption in 2015 remain valid, therefore those guidelines should be maintained.

ENTRY INTO FORCE: 13.10.2016.

2016/10/10
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after consultation of Parliament
2016/09/15
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2016/09/15
   EP - Decision by Parliament
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 460 votes to 127, with 61 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a Council decision on guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States.

Regretting that the Council, chose, yet again, to ignore the European Parliament’s legislative resolution of 8 July 2015 on the 2015 guidelines, Parliament approved the Commission proposal subject to the following amendments:

Towards a basic minimum basic wage : Parliament stated that 120 million citizens of the Union - around 25% - are at risk of poverty and social exclusion. This emergency situation, which is also reflected by the continuing high number of citizens of the Union who are without employment, requires that the Commission adopt measures to encourage Member States to develop national minimum basic income schemes so that they can be ensured decent living conditions.

Guideline 5: Boosting demand for labour

reduce employment barriers : Members States should facilitate and invest in sustainable and quality job creation and take measures to improve accessibility for at-risk groups, in particular by reducing administrative barriers; promote, inter alia, green, white and blue sector jobs : Members States should actively promote green, white and blue sector jobs, the social economy and foster social innovation; alleviate the tax burden : the tax burden should be shifted away from labour to other sources of taxation that are less detrimental to employment and growth; increase wages : measures should be taken to ensure that wages allow an adequate living income . When setting minimum wages in accordance with national legislation and practices, Member States and social partners should ensure their adequacy as well as consider their impact on in-work poverty, household income, aggregate demand, job creation and competitiveness.

Guideline 6: Enhancing labour supply and skills

promote productivity in areas of shortages : there should be particular focus on health care, social services and transport services which are facing or will face staff shortages. Member States should make effective investments in high-quality and inclusive education and vocational training systems; support adult training : Member States should promote vocational training for adults and with particular focus on high-risk groups and their needs; simplify access to education : support should be provided to families to help balance work and family life, and increase young people's chances on the labour market; combat life-long unemployment, including youth unemployment : Member States may prevent this problem through a mix of demand and supply-side measures. The number of long-term unemployed and the problem of skills mismatch and skill obsolescence should be addressed by means of comprehensive and mutually reinforcing strategies, including the provision of personalised needs-based active support and appropriate social protection schemes to long-term unemployed to return to the labour market in an informed and responsible manner; improve quality of teaching : Member States are called upon to ensure high-quality learning outcomes and prevent and tackle early school leaving, and promote an all-embracing, high-quality education from the most basic level onwards. They should gear their training systems more closely to the labour market; mobilise the Structural Funds : Member States should make a full, effective and efficient use of European Social Fund and other Union funds support in order to combat poverty, improve quality employment, social inclusion, education, public administration and public services.

Guideline 7: Enhancing the functioning of labour markets

tackle undeclared labour : Member States should also tackle precarious employment, underemployment, undeclared labour and zero-hour contracts; improve social dialogue : measures should be taken to combat the deregulation of labour markets and weakness of collective bargaining; protect workers : Member States should also ensure that their social protection systems effectively activate and enable those who can participate in the labour market, protect those (temporarily) excluded from the labour markets and/or unable to participate in it, and prepare individuals for potential risks and changing economic and social conditions; promote worker mobility : language barriers should be tackled (through training) and appropriate use should be made of the EURES network.

Guideline 8: Improving the quality and performance of education and training systems at all levels

measures are needed to improve childcare structures and early childhood education.

Guideline 9: Ensuring social justice

improve social protection systems : Member States should ensure basic standards to provide effective, efficient and sustainable protection while fully respecting social rights and addressing inequalities; eliminate poverty and social exclusion : measures should be taken to eliminate all forms of poverty, in particular child poverty. restructure the pension systems : the aim being to ensure safety and adequacy for women and men by strengthening retirement schemes to guarantee a decent retirement income; improve the quality of healthcare : Member States should improve the quality, affordability, accessibility, efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare and long term care systems and welfare services as well as decent working conditions in the related sectors.

Lastly, measures are called for, in the context of the Europe 2020 headline targets, raise the employment rate for women and men aged 20 to 64 to 75% by 2020; to reduce the drop-out rate to less than 10 %; to increase the share of 30 to 34-year-olds completing tertiary or equivalent education to at least 40 %; and to promote social inclusion, in particular through the reduction of poverty by aiming to lift at least 20 million people out of the risk of poverty and exclusion.

Documents
2016/07/20
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs adopted the report by Laura AGEA (EFDD, IT) on the proposal for a Council decision on guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States.

Regretting that the Council, chose, yet again, to ignore the European Parliament’s legislative resolution of 8 July 2015 on the 2015 guidelines, the committee approved the Commission proposal subject to the following amendments:

Guideline 5: Boosting demand for labour

reduce employment barriers : Members States should facilitate and invest in sustainable and quality job creation and take measures to improve accessibility for at-risk groups, in particular by reducing administrative barriers; promote, inter alia, green, white and blue sector jobs : Members States should actively promote green, white and blue sector jobs, the social economy and foster social innovation; alleviate the tax burden : the tax burden should be shifted away from labour to other sources of taxation that are less detrimental to employment and growth; increase wages : measures should be taken to ensure that wages allow an adequate living income . When setting minimum wages in accordance with national legislation and practices, Member States and social partners should ensure their adequacy as well as consider their impact on in-work poverty, household income, aggregate demand, job creation and competitiveness.

Guideline 6: Enhancing labour supply and skills :

promote productivity in areas of shortages : there should be particular focus on health care, social services and transport services which are facing or will face staff shortages. Member States should make effective investments in high-quality and inclusive education and vocational training systems; support adult training : Member States should promote vocational training for adults and with particular focus on high-risk groups and their needs; simplify access to education : support should be provided to families to help balance work and family life, and increase young people's chances on the labour market; combat life-long unemployment, including youth unemployment : Member States may prevent this problem through a mix of demand and supply-side measures. The number of long-term unemployed and the problem of skills mismatch and skill obsolescence should be addressed by means of comprehensive and mutually reinforcing strategies, including the provision of personalised needs-based active support and appropriate social protection schemes to long-term unemployed to return to the labour market in an informed and responsible manner; improve quality of teaching : Member States are called upon to ensure high-quality learning outcomes and prevent and tackle early school leaving, and promote an all-embracing, high-quality education from the most basic level onwards. They should gear their training systems more closely to the labour market; mobilise the Structural Funds : Member States should make a full, effective and efficient use of European Social Fund and other Union funds support in order to combat poverty, improve quality employment, social inclusion, education, public administration and public services.

Guideline 7: Enhancing the functioning of labour markets

tackle undeclared labour : Member States should also tackle precarious employment, underemployment, undeclared labour and zero-hour contracts; improve social dialogue : measures should be taken to combat the deregulation of labour markets and weakness of collective bargaining; protect workers : Member States should also ensure that their social protection systems effectively activate and enable those who can participate in the labour market, protect those (temporarily) excluded from the labour markets and/or unable to participate in it, and prepare individuals for potential risks and changing economic and social conditions; promote worker mobility : language barriers should be tackled (through training) and appropriate use should be made of the EURES network.

Guideline 8: Improving the quality and performance of education and training systems at all levels

measures are needed to improve childcare structures and early childhood education.

Guideline 9: Ensuring social justice

improve social protection systems : Member States should ensure basic standards to provide effective, efficient and sustainable protection while fully respecting social rights and addressing inequalities; eliminate poverty and social exclusion : measures should be taken to eliminate all forms of poverty, in particular child poverty. restructure the pension systems : the aim being to ensure safety and adequacy for women and men by strengthening retirement schemes to guarantee a decent retirement income; improve the quality of healthcare : Member States should improve the quality, affordability, accessibility, efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare and long term care systems and welfare services as well as decent working conditions in the related sectors.

Lastly, measures are called for, in the context of the Europe 2020 headline targets, raise the employment rate for women and men aged 20 to 64 to 75% by 2020; to reduce the drop-out rate to less than 10 %; to increase the share of 30 to 34-year-olds completing tertiary or equivalent education to at least 40 %; and to promote social inclusion, in particular through the reduction of poverty by aiming to lift at least 20 million people out of the risk of poverty and exclusion.

Documents
2016/07/13
   EP - Vote in committee
2016/06/23
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2016/06/07
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2016/05/11
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2016/04/27
   ESC - Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report
Documents
2016/03/15
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2016/03/07
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament
2016/02/18
   EP - AGEA Laura (EFDD) appointed as rapporteur in EMPL
2016/02/15
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to confirm, for 2016, the validity of the guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States.

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the Council adopts the act after consulting the European Parliament but without being obliged to follow its opinion.

BACKGROUND: the Treaty on the functioning of the EU provides that Member States are to regard their economic policies and promoting employment as matters of common concern and coordinate them within the Council. In two distinct articles, it provides that the Council is to adopt broad economic policy guidelines (Article 121) and employment guidelines (Article 148), specifying that the latter must be consistent with the former.

Given this legal basis, the guidelines for employment and economic policies are presented as two distinct — but intrinsically interconnected — legal instruments:

a Council Recommendation on broad guidelines for the economic policies of the Member States and of the Union -Part I of the Europe 2020 Integrated Guidelines; a Council Decision on guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States -Part II of the Europe 2020 Integrated Guidelines.

These guidelines implemented by the above mentioned legal instruments form together the integrated guidelines for implementing the Europe 2020 strategy.

The employment guidelines were adopted on 5 October 2015. The overall objectives and priorities expressed in the guidelines for the employment policies remain valid and their validity for 2016 needs to be confirmed by a Council decision.

CONTENT: the proposal for a decision provides that the guidelines for Member States' employment policies as set out in the Annex to Council Decision of 5 October 2015 on guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States4 are maintained for 2016 and shall be taken into account by the Member States in their employment policies.

The examination of the Member States' National Reform Programmes contained in the Joint Employment Report shows that Member States should continue to make every effort to address the priority areas of :

increasing labour market participation and reducing structural unemployment, developing a skilled workforce responding to labour market needs and promoting job quality and lifelong learning, improve the performance of education and training systems at all levels and increasing participation in tertiary education, promoting social inclusion and combating poverty.

Documents

Activities

Votes

A8-0247/2016 - Laura Agea - Résolution législative #

2016/09/15 Outcome: +: 460, -: 127, 0: 61
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67
45
28
65
18
16
14
19
18
20
18
9
7
13
8
6
10
6
16
6
20
44
6
8
5
10
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1

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Netherlands ECR

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Lithuania ECR

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1

Greece ECR

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1

Latvia ECR

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1

Finland ECR

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AmendmentsDossier
34 2016/0043(NLE)
2016/06/07 EMPL 34 amendments...
source: 584.157

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  • date: 2016-02-15T00:00:00 type: Legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2016/0071/COM_COM(2016)0071_EN.pdf title: COM(2016)0071 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2016&nu_doc=0071 title: EUR-Lex summary: PURPOSE: to confirm, for 2016, the validity of the guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States. PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision. ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the Council adopts the act after consulting the European Parliament but without being obliged to follow its opinion. BACKGROUND: the Treaty on the functioning of the EU provides that Member States are to regard their economic policies and promoting employment as matters of common concern and coordinate them within the Council. In two distinct articles, it provides that the Council is to adopt broad economic policy guidelines (Article 121) and employment guidelines (Article 148), specifying that the latter must be consistent with the former. Given this legal basis, the guidelines for employment and economic policies are presented as two distinct — but intrinsically interconnected — legal instruments: a Council Recommendation on broad guidelines for the economic policies of the Member States and of the Union -Part I of the Europe 2020 Integrated Guidelines; a Council Decision on guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States -Part II of the Europe 2020 Integrated Guidelines. These guidelines implemented by the above mentioned legal instruments form together the integrated guidelines for implementing the Europe 2020 strategy. The employment guidelines were adopted on 5 October 2015. The overall objectives and priorities expressed in the guidelines for the employment policies remain valid and their validity for 2016 needs to be confirmed by a Council decision. CONTENT: the proposal for a decision provides that the guidelines for Member States' employment policies as set out in the Annex to Council Decision of 5 October 2015 on guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States4 are maintained for 2016 and shall be taken into account by the Member States in their employment policies. The examination of the Member States' National Reform Programmes contained in the Joint Employment Report shows that Member States should continue to make every effort to address the priority areas of : increasing labour market participation and reducing structural unemployment, developing a skilled workforce responding to labour market needs and promoting job quality and lifelong learning, improve the performance of education and training systems at all levels and increasing participation in tertiary education, promoting social inclusion and combating poverty.
  • date: 2016-03-07T00:00:00 type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
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  • date: 2016-07-13T00:00:00 type: Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2016-07-20T00:00:00 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A8-2016-0247&language=EN title: A8-0247/2016 summary: The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs adopted the report by Laura AGEA (EFDD, IT) on the proposal for a Council decision on guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States. Regretting that the Council, chose, yet again, to ignore the European Parliament’s legislative resolution of 8 July 2015 on the 2015 guidelines, the committee approved the Commission proposal subject to the following amendments: Guideline 5: Boosting demand for labour reduce employment barriers : Members States should facilitate and invest in sustainable and quality job creation and take measures to improve accessibility for at-risk groups, in particular by reducing administrative barriers; promote, inter alia, green, white and blue sector jobs : Members States should actively promote green, white and blue sector jobs, the social economy and foster social innovation; alleviate the tax burden : the tax burden should be shifted away from labour to other sources of taxation that are less detrimental to employment and growth; increase wages : measures should be taken to ensure that wages allow an adequate living income . When setting minimum wages in accordance with national legislation and practices, Member States and social partners should ensure their adequacy as well as consider their impact on in-work poverty, household income, aggregate demand, job creation and competitiveness. Guideline 6: Enhancing labour supply and skills : promote productivity in areas of shortages : there should be particular focus on health care, social services and transport services which are facing or will face staff shortages. Member States should make effective investments in high-quality and inclusive education and vocational training systems; support adult training : Member States should promote vocational training for adults and with particular focus on high-risk groups and their needs; simplify access to education : support should be provided to families to help balance work and family life, and increase young people's chances on the labour market; combat life-long unemployment, including youth unemployment : Member States may prevent this problem through a mix of demand and supply-side measures. The number of long-term unemployed and the problem of skills mismatch and skill obsolescence should be addressed by means of comprehensive and mutually reinforcing strategies, including the provision of personalised needs-based active support and appropriate social protection schemes to long-term unemployed to return to the labour market in an informed and responsible manner; improve quality of teaching : Member States are called upon to ensure high-quality learning outcomes and prevent and tackle early school leaving, and promote an all-embracing, high-quality education from the most basic level onwards. They should gear their training systems more closely to the labour market; mobilise the Structural Funds : Member States should make a full, effective and efficient use of European Social Fund and other Union funds support in order to combat poverty, improve quality employment, social inclusion, education, public administration and public services. Guideline 7: Enhancing the functioning of labour markets tackle undeclared labour : Member States should also tackle precarious employment, underemployment, undeclared labour and zero-hour contracts; improve social dialogue : measures should be taken to combat the deregulation of labour markets and weakness of collective bargaining; protect workers : Member States should also ensure that their social protection systems effectively activate and enable those who can participate in the labour market, protect those (temporarily) excluded from the labour markets and/or unable to participate in it, and prepare individuals for potential risks and changing economic and social conditions; promote worker mobility : language barriers should be tackled (through training) and appropriate use should be made of the EURES network. Guideline 8: Improving the quality and performance of education and training systems at all levels measures are needed to improve childcare structures and early childhood education. Guideline 9: Ensuring social justice improve social protection systems : Member States should ensure basic standards to provide effective, efficient and sustainable protection while fully respecting social rights and addressing inequalities; eliminate poverty and social exclusion : measures should be taken to eliminate all forms of poverty, in particular child poverty. restructure the pension systems : the aim being to ensure safety and adequacy for women and men by strengthening retirement schemes to guarantee a decent retirement income; improve the quality of healthcare : Member States should improve the quality, affordability, accessibility, efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare and long term care systems and welfare services as well as decent working conditions in the related sectors. Lastly, measures are called for, in the context of the Europe 2020 headline targets, raise the employment rate for women and men aged 20 to 64 to 75% by 2020; to reduce the drop-out rate to less than 10 %; to increase the share of 30 to 34-year-olds completing tertiary or equivalent education to at least 40 %; and to promote social inclusion, in particular through the reduction of poverty by aiming to lift at least 20 million people out of the risk of poverty and exclusion.
  • date: 2016-09-15T00:00:00 type: Results of vote in Parliament body: EP docs: url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=27534&l=en title: Results of vote in Parliament
  • date: 2016-09-15T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P8-TA-2016-0355 title: T8-0355/2016 summary: The European Parliament adopted by 460 votes to 127, with 61 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a Council decision on guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States. Regretting that the Council, chose, yet again, to ignore the European Parliament’s legislative resolution of 8 July 2015 on the 2015 guidelines, Parliament approved the Commission proposal subject to the following amendments: Towards a basic minimum basic wage : Parliament stated that 120 million citizens of the Union - around 25% - are at risk of poverty and social exclusion. This emergency situation, which is also reflected by the continuing high number of citizens of the Union who are without employment, requires that the Commission adopt measures to encourage Member States to develop national minimum basic income schemes so that they can be ensured decent living conditions. Guideline 5: Boosting demand for labour reduce employment barriers : Members States should facilitate and invest in sustainable and quality job creation and take measures to improve accessibility for at-risk groups, in particular by reducing administrative barriers; promote, inter alia, green, white and blue sector jobs : Members States should actively promote green, white and blue sector jobs, the social economy and foster social innovation; alleviate the tax burden : the tax burden should be shifted away from labour to other sources of taxation that are less detrimental to employment and growth; increase wages : measures should be taken to ensure that wages allow an adequate living income . When setting minimum wages in accordance with national legislation and practices, Member States and social partners should ensure their adequacy as well as consider their impact on in-work poverty, household income, aggregate demand, job creation and competitiveness. Guideline 6: Enhancing labour supply and skills promote productivity in areas of shortages : there should be particular focus on health care, social services and transport services which are facing or will face staff shortages. Member States should make effective investments in high-quality and inclusive education and vocational training systems; support adult training : Member States should promote vocational training for adults and with particular focus on high-risk groups and their needs; simplify access to education : support should be provided to families to help balance work and family life, and increase young people's chances on the labour market; combat life-long unemployment, including youth unemployment : Member States may prevent this problem through a mix of demand and supply-side measures. The number of long-term unemployed and the problem of skills mismatch and skill obsolescence should be addressed by means of comprehensive and mutually reinforcing strategies, including the provision of personalised needs-based active support and appropriate social protection schemes to long-term unemployed to return to the labour market in an informed and responsible manner; improve quality of teaching : Member States are called upon to ensure high-quality learning outcomes and prevent and tackle early school leaving, and promote an all-embracing, high-quality education from the most basic level onwards. They should gear their training systems more closely to the labour market; mobilise the Structural Funds : Member States should make a full, effective and efficient use of European Social Fund and other Union funds support in order to combat poverty, improve quality employment, social inclusion, education, public administration and public services. Guideline 7: Enhancing the functioning of labour markets tackle undeclared labour : Member States should also tackle precarious employment, underemployment, undeclared labour and zero-hour contracts; improve social dialogue : measures should be taken to combat the deregulation of labour markets and weakness of collective bargaining; protect workers : Member States should also ensure that their social protection systems effectively activate and enable those who can participate in the labour market, protect those (temporarily) excluded from the labour markets and/or unable to participate in it, and prepare individuals for potential risks and changing economic and social conditions; promote worker mobility : language barriers should be tackled (through training) and appropriate use should be made of the EURES network. Guideline 8: Improving the quality and performance of education and training systems at all levels measures are needed to improve childcare structures and early childhood education. Guideline 9: Ensuring social justice improve social protection systems : Member States should ensure basic standards to provide effective, efficient and sustainable protection while fully respecting social rights and addressing inequalities; eliminate poverty and social exclusion : measures should be taken to eliminate all forms of poverty, in particular child poverty. restructure the pension systems : the aim being to ensure safety and adequacy for women and men by strengthening retirement schemes to guarantee a decent retirement income; improve the quality of healthcare : Member States should improve the quality, affordability, accessibility, efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare and long term care systems and welfare services as well as decent working conditions in the related sectors. Lastly, measures are called for, in the context of the Europe 2020 headline targets, raise the employment rate for women and men aged 20 to 64 to 75% by 2020; to reduce the drop-out rate to less than 10 %; to increase the share of 30 to 34-year-olds completing tertiary or equivalent education to at least 40 %; and to promote social inclusion, in particular through the reduction of poverty by aiming to lift at least 20 million people out of the risk of poverty and exclusion.
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PURPOSE: to confirm, for 2016, the validity of the guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States.

NON-LEGISLATIVE ACT: Council Decision (EU) 2016/1838 on guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States for 2016.

BACKGROUND: the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) stipulates that Member States and the Union are to work towards developing a coordinated strategy for employment and particularly for promoting a skilled, trained and adaptable workforce as well as labour markets that are responsive to economic change.

On 14 July 2015, the Council adopted Recommendation (EU) 2015/1184 on broad guidelines for the economic policies of the Member States and of the Union.

On 5 October 2015, the Council adopted Decision (EU) 2015/1848 on guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States for 2015 (‘employment guidelines’).

Those two sets of guidelines form the integrated guidelines for implementing the Europe 2020 strategy (‘Europe 2020 integrated guidelines’). They are in line with the conclusions of the European Council of 17 and 18 March 2016 and with the Stability and Growth Pact. They give precise guidance to the Member States on defining their National Reform Programmes and on implementing reforms, while reflecting interdependence.

The examination of Member States' National Reform Programmes contained in the Joint Employment Report shows that Member States should make every effort to:

  • boost demand for labour,
  • enhance labour supply,
  • skills and competences,
  • enhance the functioning of labour market,
  • foster social inclusion,
  • combat poverty and promote equal opportunities.

These objectives are in line with the 2015 Guidelines.

CONTENT: under this Decision, it is provided that the guidelines for Member States' employment policies as set out in the Annex to Council Decision of 5 October 2015 on guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States are maintained for 2016.

The employment guidelines should remain stable to ensure a focus on their implementation. In the light of an assessment of the developments of the labour markets and the social situation since the adoption of the employment guidelines in 2015, no update is necessary. The reasons for their adoption in 2015 remain valid, therefore those guidelines should be maintained.

ENTRY INTO FORCE: 13.10.2016.

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  • The European Parliament adopted by 460 votes to 127, with 61 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a Council decision on guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States.

    Regretting that the Council, chose, yet again, to ignore the European Parliament’s legislative resolution of 8 July 2015 on the 2015 guidelines, Parliament approved the Commission proposal subject to the following amendments:

    Towards a basic minimum basic wage: Parliament stated that 120 million citizens of the Union - around 25% - are at risk of poverty and social exclusion. This emergency situation, which is also reflected by the continuing high number of citizens of the Union who are without employment, requires that the Commission adopt measures to encourage Member States to develop national minimum basic income schemes so that they can be ensured decent living conditions.

    Guideline 5: Boosting demand for labour

    • reduce employment barriers: Members States should facilitate and invest in sustainable and quality job creation and take measures to improve accessibility for at-risk groups, in particular by reducing administrative barriers;
    • promote, inter alia, green, white and blue sector jobs: Members States should actively promote green, white and blue sector jobs, the social economy and foster social innovation;
    • alleviate the tax burden: the tax burden should be shifted away from labour to other sources of taxation that are less detrimental to employment and growth;
    • increase wages: measures should be taken to ensure that wages allow an adequate living income. When setting minimum wages in accordance with national legislation and practices, Member States and social partners should ensure their adequacy as well as consider their impact on in-work poverty, household income, aggregate demand, job creation and competitiveness.

    Guideline 6: Enhancing labour supply and skills

    • promote productivity in areas of shortages: there should be particular focus on health care, social services and transport services which are facing or will face staff shortages. Member States should make effective investments in high-quality and inclusive education and vocational training systems;
    • support adult training: Member States should promote vocational training for adults and with particular focus on high-risk groups and their needs;
    • simplify access to education: support should be provided to families to help balance work and family life, and increase young people's chances on the labour market;
    • combat life-long unemployment, including youth unemployment: Member States may prevent this problem through a mix of demand and supply-side measures. The number of long-term unemployed and the problem of skills mismatch and skill obsolescence should be addressed by means of comprehensive and mutually reinforcing strategies, including the provision of personalised needs-based active support and appropriate social protection schemes to long-term unemployed to return to the labour market in an informed and responsible manner;
    • improve quality of teaching: Member States are called upon to ensure high-quality learning outcomes and prevent and tackle early school leaving, and promote an all-embracing, high-quality education from the most basic level onwards. They should gear their training systems more closely to the labour market;
    • mobilise the Structural Funds: Member States should make a full, effective and efficient use of European Social Fund and other Union funds support in order to combat poverty, improve quality employment, social inclusion, education, public administration and public services.

    Guideline 7: Enhancing the functioning of labour markets 

    • tackle undeclared labour: Member States should also tackle precarious employment, underemployment, undeclared labour and zero-hour contracts;
    • improve social dialogue: measures should be taken to combat the deregulation of labour markets and weakness of collective bargaining;
    • protect workers: Member States should also ensure that their social protection systems effectively activate and enable those who can participate in the labour market, protect those (temporarily) excluded from the labour markets and/or unable to participate in it, and prepare individuals for potential risks and changing economic and social conditions;
    • promote worker mobility: language barriers should be tackled (through training) and appropriate use should be made of the EURES network.

    Guideline 8: Improving the quality and performance of education and training systems at all levels

    • measures are needed to improve childcare structures and early childhood education.

    Guideline 9: Ensuring social justice

    • improve social protection systems: Member States should ensure basic standards to provide effective, efficient and sustainable protection while fully respecting social rights and addressing inequalities;
    • eliminate poverty and social exclusion: measures should be taken to eliminate all forms of poverty, in particular child poverty.
    • restructure the pension systems: the aim being to ensure safety and adequacy for women and men by strengthening retirement schemes to guarantee a decent retirement income;
    • improve the quality of healthcare: Member States should improve the quality, affordability, accessibility, efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare and long term care systems and welfare services as well as decent working conditions in the related sectors.

    Lastly, measures are called for, in the context of the Europe 2020 headline targets, raise the employment rate for women and men aged 20 to 64 to 75% by 2020; to reduce the drop-out rate to less than 10 %; to increase the share of 30 to 34-year-olds completing tertiary or equivalent education to at least 40 %; and to promote social inclusion, in particular through the reduction of poverty by aiming to lift at least 20 million people out of the risk of poverty and exclusion.

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  • The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs adopted the report by Laura AGEA (EFDD, IT) on the proposal for a Council decision on guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States.

    Regretting that the Council, chose, yet again, to ignore the European Parliament’s legislative resolution of 8 July 2015 on the 2015 guidelines, the committee approved the Commission proposal subject to the following amendments:

    Guideline 5: Boosting demand for labour

    • reduce employment barriers: Members States should facilitate and invest in sustainable and quality job creation and take measures to improve accessibility for at-risk groups, in particular by reducing administrative barriers;
    • promote, inter alia, green, white and blue sector jobs: Members States should actively promote green, white and blue sector jobs, the social economy and foster social innovation;
    • alleviate the tax burden: the tax burden should be shifted away from labour to other sources of taxation that are less detrimental to employment and growth;
    • increase wages: measures should be taken to ensure that wages allow an adequate living income. When setting minimum wages in accordance with national legislation and practices, Member States and social partners should ensure their adequacy as well as consider their impact on in-work poverty, household income, aggregate demand, job creation and competitiveness.

    Guideline 6: Enhancing labour supply and skills:

    • promote productivity in areas of shortages: there should be particular focus on health care, social services and transport services which are facing or will face staff shortages. Member States should make effective investments in high-quality and inclusive education and vocational training systems;
    • support adult training: Member States should promote vocational training for adults and with particular focus on high-risk groups and their needs;
    • simplify access to education: support should be provided to families to help balance work and family life, and increase young people's chances on the labour market;
    • combat life-long unemployment, including youth unemployment: Member States may prevent this problem through a mix of demand and supply-side measures. The number of long-term unemployed and the problem of skills mismatch and skill obsolescence should be addressed by means of comprehensive and mutually reinforcing strategies, including the provision of personalised needs-based active support and appropriate social protection schemes to long-term unemployed to return to the labour market in an informed and responsible manner;
    • improve quality of teaching: Member States are called upon to ensure high-quality learning outcomes and prevent and tackle early school leaving, and promote an all-embracing, high-quality education from the most basic level onwards. They should gear their training systems more closely to the labour market;
    • mobilise the Structural Funds: Member States should make a full, effective and efficient use of European Social Fund and other Union funds support in order to combat poverty, improve quality employment, social inclusion, education, public administration and public services.

    Guideline 7: Enhancing the functioning of labour markets 

    • tackle undeclared labour: Member States should also tackle precarious employment, underemployment, undeclared labour and zero-hour contracts;
    • improve social dialogue: measures should be taken to combat the deregulation of labour markets and weakness of collective bargaining;
    • protect workers: Member States should also ensure that their social protection systems effectively activate and enable those who can participate in the labour market, protect those (temporarily) excluded from the labour markets and/or unable to participate in it, and prepare individuals for potential risks and changing economic and social conditions;
    • promote worker mobility: language barriers should be tackled (through training) and appropriate use should be made of the EURES network.

    Guideline 8: Improving the quality and performance of education and training systems at all levels

    • measures are needed to improve childcare structures and early childhood education.

    Guideline 9: Ensuring social justice

    • improve social protection systems: Member States should ensure basic standards to provide effective, efficient and sustainable protection while fully respecting social rights and addressing inequalities;
    • eliminate poverty and social exclusion: measures should be taken to eliminate all forms of poverty, in particular child poverty.
    • restructure the pension systems: the aim being to ensure safety and adequacy for women and men by strengthening retirement schemes to guarantee a decent retirement income;
    • improve the quality of healthcare: Member States should improve the quality, affordability, accessibility, efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare and long term care systems and welfare services as well as decent working conditions in the related sectors.

    Lastly, measures are called for, in the context of the Europe 2020 headline targets, raise the employment rate for women and men aged 20 to 64 to 75% by 2020; to reduce the drop-out rate to less than 10 %; to increase the share of 30 to 34-year-olds completing tertiary or equivalent education to at least 40 %; and to promote social inclusion, in particular through the reduction of poverty by aiming to lift at least 20 million people out of the risk of poverty and exclusion.

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HÄNDEL Thomas
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DG: url: http://ec.europa.eu/social/ title: Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Commissioner: THYSSEN Marianne
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  • DG: url: http://ec.europa.eu/social/ title: Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Commissioner: THYSSEN Marianne
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MARTIN Dominique
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  • PURPOSE: to confirm, for 2016, the validity of the guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States.

    PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

    ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the Council adopts the act after consulting the European Parliament but without being obliged to follow its opinion.

    BACKGROUND: the Treaty on the functioning of the EU provides that Member States are to regard their economic policies and promoting employment as matters of common concern and coordinate them within the Council. In two distinct articles, it provides that the Council is to adopt broad economic policy guidelines (Article 121) and employment guidelines (Article 148), specifying that the latter must be consistent with the former.

    Given this legal basis, the guidelines for employment and economic policies are presented as two distinct — but intrinsically interconnected — legal instruments:

    • a Council Recommendation on broad guidelines for the economic policies of the Member States and of the Union -Part I of the Europe 2020 Integrated Guidelines;
    • a Council Decision on guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States -Part II of the Europe 2020 Integrated Guidelines.

    These guidelines implemented by the above mentioned legal instruments form together the integrated guidelines for implementing the Europe 2020 strategy.

    The employment guidelines were adopted on 5 October 2015. The overall objectives and priorities expressed in the guidelines for the employment policies remain valid and their validity for 2016 needs to be confirmed by a Council decision.

    CONTENT: the proposal for a decision provides that the guidelines for Member States' employment policies as set out in the Annex to Council Decision of 5 October 2015 on guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States4 are maintained for 2016 and shall be taken into account by the Member States in their employment policies.

    The examination of the Member States' National Reform Programmes contained in the Joint Employment Report shows that Member States should continue to make every effort to address the priority areas of:

    • increasing labour market participation and reducing structural unemployment,
    • developing a skilled workforce responding to labour market needs and promoting job quality and lifelong learning,
    • improve the performance of education and training systems at all levels and increasing participation in tertiary education,
    • promoting social inclusion and combating poverty.
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  • group: EPP name: JAZŁOWIECKA Danuta
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  • group: EPP name: JAZŁOWIECKA Danuta
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  • date: 2016-02-15T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2016/0071/COM_COM(2016)0071_EN.pdf title: COM(2016)0071 type: Legislative proposal published celexid: CELEX:52016PC0071:EN body: EC type: Legislative proposal published commission:
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  • body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Economic and Monetary Affairs committee: ECON
  • body: EP responsible: True committee: EMPL date: 2016-02-18T00:00:00 committee_full: Employment and Social Affairs rapporteur: group: GUE/NGL name: HÄNDEL Thomas
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    procedure
    reference
    2016/0043(NLE)
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    Guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States in 2016
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    Treaty on the Functioning of the EU TFEU 148-p2
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    Preparatory phase in Parliament
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    See also
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    NLE - Non-legislative enactments
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    4.15.02 Employment: guidelines, actions, Funds