As part of the Europe 2020 Strategy “An Agenda for new skills and jobs” is the Commission’s contribution to reaching the EU employment rate target for women and men of 75 % for the 20-64 years age group by 2020.
The strategy also highlights the EU’s targets to reduce the early school leaving rate to under 10% and increase the number of young people in higher education or equivalent vocational education to at least 40%.
To make Europe’s labour markets function better and to deliver the right mix of skills and right person for the right job, the Commission proposes real actions that they think will help:
- To step up labour market to improve flexibility and security of labour markets, what they call flexicurity, from flexible and security.
- To give people and businesses the right stimulation to invest in training to continuously upgrade people’s skills in line with labour market needs.
- To ensure respectable working conditions while improving the quality of employment legislation.
- To ensure that the right labour market conditions are in place for job creation such as less administrative burdens or lowering the taxes on labour and mobility.
To make this reality this agenda complements the Commision´s “youth on the move” agenda which aims to help young people to gain knowledge, skills and experience that they need to make there way in to the labour market.