Joint Employment Report 2006
Feb 19 2007 - The JER assesses the implementation of the EU and the employment aspects of each country's national reform programmes according to the priorities set out under the EU's Lisbon strategy for growth and Jobs. The JER does cite certain areas where progress has been made as well as areas where it has been limited or insufficient. It looks at gaps and weaknesses as well as the differences from country to country. This year, the report highlights that significant action has been carried out under the Lisbon priority to attract and retain more people in work. Some progress has been made under the priority to raise investment in human capital with a slight increase in spending. However policy implementation to improve the adaptability of workers and companies is lagging behind.
The JER is the jobs analysis of the Jobs and Growth strategy. As it is jointly adopted by the Commission and Member States, it is an important step in delivering the Lisbon objectives.
Alongside the JER, the Commission has proposed country specific recommendations to the Employment and Social Affairs Council for its political endorsement. These recommendations will go to the European Council in March which each year focuses on the Lisbon strategy for Growth and Jobs, allowing Member States to agree together at the highest political level on what they need to do to push reform forward. This will provide a stronger political basis for reform. These recommendations are proposed under Articles 99 and 128 of the Treaty and formerly adopted by Member States.
The recommendations cover the three strands of the integrated guidelines for the Growth and Jobs strategy which relate to macro-economic, micro-economic and employment reforms. A proposed recommendation signifies that - in the Commission's view - although there may have been some progress, the Member State concerned still needs to reinforce or speed up its efforts in this area.
Source: "Joint Employment Report 2006", Europa, February 19, 2007