Zero Unemployment Territories

Employment Policy Breakfast Series

08/09/2022
Online

An EU Initiative for Zero Unemployment Territories

Employment is a key component to combatting poverty, precarity and ensuring social inclusion in our societies. Yet across the EU, nearly 13,5 million people are unemployed and states struggle to cope with long-term unemployment, youth unemployment, and unemployment of the low-skilled. These challenges have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and are likely to increase as the digital and green transitions disrupt our labour markets. Against that difficult backdrop, what can the EU do to stimulate job creation and help reduce unemployment?

In this FEPS Employment Breakfast meeting, we discuss the role that job guarantee programmes in Europe could play to achieve this. What would such an EU initiative look like? Using the example of the “Térritoires Zero Chomeurs de Longue Durée” in France and the Marienthal job guarantee pilot in Austria, we will explore what the EU and its Member States can do to develop similar job guarantee programmes that create quality jobs for all unemployed persons who want to work –  but also how it can achieve this by providing jobs with the added-benefit of meeting social and environmental needs.

About the Employment Policy Breakfast Series – The employment We Want

In this series of policy breakfast meetings, European experts and policy-makers will be presenting potential policy solutions to tackle diverse aspects pertaining to employment. Discussants will be first invited to comment on the current state of play and policy development, and then the floor will be open for interactions from the audience to challenge and strengthen the proposals.

Labour markets are changing and we need a very diligent public sector to avoid the quality and quantity of jobs being compromised further.
What are the initiatives that can be taken? There are plenty!
In this Policy Breakfast Series on “The Employment We Want” we focus on four policies that could help shape a European employment agenda in the near future:

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