EMPLOYMENT COUNCIL : MINISTERS SEE NEED FOR "RADICAL STRUCTURAL REFORMS".

 
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The EU as a whole as well as most of its member states risk falling short of employment objectives unless policies are fundamentally reviewed and "radical structural reforms" are launched, warns the Employment and Social Affairs Council. In a series of conclusions, adopted on 1 December 2011, the ministers call on member states to guarantee the coherence of the short-term measures implemented to counter the effects of the crisis through putting in place the necessary structural reforms to deal with challenges in a long-term manner. The ministers also call on member states to continue to implement national reform programmes, country recommendations and Euro plus pact' commitments.

As for the European Commission, the ministers are asking it to redouble its efforts in order to improve the implementation and follow-up mechanisms of these various programmes in the fields of employment, the labour market and social protection. Ministers also call on the Commission to propose a road map for the implementation of the second European semester' - offering the actors concerned the appropriate conditions to allow them, in good time, to take part in the governance in the most successful and constructive manner.

These conclusions - which fed into the discussions at the European Council of 8-9 December - take stock of the first European semester' and of thematic monitoring in the fields of social policy and employment. Essentially, the conclusions recommend making changes to the semester calendar and to the multilateral...

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