Job mobility action plan to help more people find better jobs

A new action plan to promote job mobility was presented by the European
Commission in December 2007. The plan aims to tackle the remaining obstacles
faced by people seeking to work in another EU country. It puts forward a new
integrated approach and lists 15 concrete actions for the period 2007-2010
involving national, regional and local ­ as well as European ­ authorities.
"Worker mobility is both a fundamental right for EU citizens and a key
instrument for developing a European labour market. It helps to better match
workers with jobs, overcoming bottlenecks in the labour market and allowing
more people to find better jobs," declared Vladimír Spidla, EU Commissioner for
Employment. "But we need more cooperation among Member States and stakeholders
to make sure workers can fully benefit from mobility."

The enlargement of the EU in 2004 and 2007 increased both the opportunities for
workers to find a job, and for employers to find workers. Most of the EU-15
Member States have lifted or eased restrictions they applied for citizens from
eight of the Member States which joined the EU in 2004, creating a large
potential labour force to cope with the challenges of ageing and globalisation.

However, worker mobility in the EU remains relatively low ­ around 2% of
working-age citizens from one of the 27 EU Member States currently live and
work in another Member State ­ despite recent increases. Aside from an
uncertainty over the advantages of being mobile, individuals still face a
number of hurdles to mobility. These can include legal and administrative
obstacles, cost and availability of housing, employment of spouses and
partners, portability of pensions, linguistic barriers and recognition of
qualifications in other Member States.

The action plan puts forward 15 actions to tackle these obstacles over the next
three years. They cover four main areas:

  • Improving existing legislation and administrative practices on social
    security coordination and on the portability of supplementary pensions

  • Ensure policy support from authorities at all levels, for example by
    supporting the implementation of the European Qualifications Framework

  • Reinforce EURES (European Employment Services) as the one-stop shop for job
    mobility in Europe, by improving services to targeted groups such as long-term
    unemployed, young workers, older workers, women, researchers, self-employed
    workers, seasonal workers)

  • Increase awareness of the possibilities and advantages of job mobility among
    the wider public, by organising European job fairs and supporting pilot


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