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23/11/2010

Communication to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - An Agenda for new skills and jobs: A European contribution towards full employment

COM (2010) 682




The agenda for new skills and jobs aims to make labour markets more flexible, give workers the skills they need, improve working conditions and create jobs. The main goal – by 2020 – is to achieve an employment rate of 75% for all people between 20 and 64. It is one of the five key elements of the EU´s growth and jobs strategy, Europe 2020. Job creation is one of Europe´s most pressing concerns. Today, 10% of 20 to 64 year olds – some 23 million people – are unemployed. And it´s not that there are no jobs available. Estimates show that by 2015, the EU will lack 2.7 million skilled workers in the IT, health and research sectors.

author(s): European Commission
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