Brussels wants 78% of the EU population employed by 2030

By TPN/Lusa, in News, World, Economy, Europe · 06-03-2021 18:00:00 · 1 Comments

The European Commission will propose a goal of having 78 percent of the population of the European Union (EU) employed by 2030, a reinforcement compared to the goal of 75 percent prior to the crisis generated by the covid-19 pandemic

The announcement was made by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, who revealed the goal of having “at least 78 percent of the employed adult population” by 2030 in the EU.

Participating in a virtual conference on Employment promoted by the European People's Party, the official stressed that the proposal contains "ambitious objectives in terms of jobs and skills", which are also "clear and measurable goals".

As far as the employability rate is concerned, there is then an increase in relation to the previous goal of having 75 percent of the adult population in the EU working.

“And this (the target of 78 percent) is possible if we increase the participation of women in the workforce and, for that, we need good schools and good childcare, which is also crucial for the next generation”, said Ursula von der Leyen.

Together with the Social Pillar action plan, the community executive will also present on Thursday a recommendation on active and effective support for employment given the crisis generated by the covid-19.

According to data from the Community statistical office, Eurostat, until 2019 there was a “persistent increase in the employment rate at EU level”.

In particular, in that year before the pandemic, “the employment rate of people aged 20 to 64 in the EU-27 reached 73.1 percent”, which was the “highest rate recorded since 2008”, the year that served benchmark for the Europe 2020 strategy because it was before the last financial crisis.

In 2019, the EU-27 was thus 1.9 percentage points per year from its 75 percent employment target.

In Portugal, still according to Eurostat, this goal was exceeded in 2019 with an employment rate of 76.1 percent (the seventh highest in the EU), which compares with a percentage of 73.1 percent in 2008.

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A core requirement of the EU Fundamental Rights is that of the free movement of labour around the bloc.
These employment targets only make sense if, (as in the UK), private businesses and publicly funded organisations keep self certified ethnic and racial data from the job applications. For at least 3 months after the interview. So that any prejudice can be followed up by a responsible regulator.

Even in the allegedly advanced EU like Germany there is this nonsensical non-collection of data about ethnic and racial groups within member states. Portugal refusing even after direct pressure from the Council of Europe, to have this category in this year's 2021 census!

So, without collection of data, no possibility - in the context of work and employment - of identifying racial prejudices by employers or of implementing positive actions to redress the balance. How can free movement and opportunities to be economically productive / effective occupation happen if hiring - and self employment opportunities - are not open and transparent?

How can "Contra os Bretoes" be stamped out? .

By Sybil Wright from USA on 07-03-2021 08:04
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