Combating Long-term Unemployment (Recommendation)

The EU Commission has submitted a proposal for a Recommendation on combating long-term unemployment in which the Member States are urged to set up a single point of contact to reduce red tape for the long-term unemployed. This agency will also conclude job integration agreements with long-term unemployed people setting down the rights and duties of both parties. Finally, employers will be involved in the reintegration in order to improve needs-based skills training for the long-term unemployed.


By implementing the recommendations of the EU Commission, the Member States will contribute to reducing long-term unemployment. The Commission also points out, however, that in order to bring about a sustained reduction in long-term unemployment, the Member States principally have to implement structural reforms and investment in human capital.