On 18th November the EU commission published the proposal for a Joint Employment Report to analyse the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the employment and social situation in Europe.
The Joint Employment Report 2021 is part of the European Semester Autumn package. It provides an overview of key employment and social developments in Europe as well as EU countries' reform actions, in line with the Guidelines for the Employment Policies of the Member States.
The COVID-19 pandemic has reversed the positive trend in the EU labour markets, the total employment went down sharply, by about 6.1 million persons (or by 2.9%) in the second quarter of 2020.
The Joint Employment Report aims at helping Member States identify priority areas for reforms and investment to be included in their recovery and resilience plans. It also gives an overview on the main challenges for the social services sector, as well as the Commission’s initiatives to face them.
The social services sector has been put under unprecedented pressure, further exacerbating challenges for people in vulnerable situations. Many targeted social services were not considered essential and could not continue providing services during the lockdowns. In addition, the provision of services was in many EU countries, affected by staff shortages, communication issues and limited implementation of ICT technologies, among other issues.
In this regard, EU Member States and EU Institutions undertook positive planned and emergency measures. Moreover, to further ensure the access to quality services, the Commission will propose in 2021 initiatives such as a European Child Guarantee, a new Strategy on the rights of persons with disabilities and an Action Plan for Implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights, key to ensure a fair and inclusive recovery.
Access to the report here.