In the coming years, more people should be able to find work in Europe and the number of Europeans living in poverty should be drastically reduced. This is stated in an action plan of the European Commission.
The proposal sets three targets for 2030. For example, by that year at least 78 percent of European citizens between the ages of 20 and 64 must be in work. Before the corona crisis, employment in this age group was still almost 74 percent.
In addition, the Commission wants more attention to be paid to training. The goal is for 60 percent of workers to follow annual training courses. Furthermore, at least 80 percent of people between 20 and 64 must have some digital knowledge.
‘Old wine in new bags’
In addition, 15 million Europeans will have to live less in poverty by 2030 than they are now. “Children who grow up in poverty often have less chance of a good job later on,” said Vice-President of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis. The outbreak of the corona virus has increased the number of people in poverty, according to the Commission.
The Commission calls its own targets “ambitious but realistic”. A number of MPs in the European Parliament have responded: “The plans to support member states to keep people in work are good, but unfortunately it is too much old wine in new bottles,” says Kim van Sparrentak (GroenLinks).
Member States’ turn
Agnes Jongerius (PvdA) is more positive and says that many of the ideas she had given to the Commission have been adopted. Still, it could have been more ambitious for her.
CDA and VVD are positive, but have reservations. According to Jeroen Lenaers (CDA), the success depends on the concrete implementation. Caroline Nagtegaal (VVD) believes that it is up to the member states to make the move in the field of social policy and the labor market.
Those European member states will discuss the plans at a summit in Portugal in May. Only then will it become clear what will happen with the proposals of the European Commission.
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