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Commission launches

The European Commission has adopted a Communication outlining the employment challenges and opportunities of the current transition towards a green, low carbon, energy and resource-efficient economy. The Green Employment Initiative Communication presents an integrated framework to allow labour market and skill policies to play an active role to support this transition. The Communication focuses on the importance of anticipating and establishing adequate skills policies to support workers in coping with structural change. Promoting and accrediting high quality skills in the environment and energy sectors is also an essential part of the agenda in combatting global challenges such as resource scarcity and climate change. The Communication sets out an integrated framework for employment and labour market policies at EU and national levels, including:

  • bridging skills and knowledge gaps by fostering the development of appropriate skills and better forecasting skills needs
  •  anticipating sectoral changes, securing transitions in employment and promoting mobility e.g. by promoting wide application of the European Quality Framework for anticipation of change and restructuring and working closely with public employment services
  • supporting job creation through shifting taxation away from labour and on to pollution, promoting green public procurement, entrepreneurship and social entreprises
  • increasing transparency and data quality to improve monitoring and analysis of labour market impacts of the green economy
  • promoting dialogue between employer representatives and trade unions on the transition to the green economy
  • Strengthening international cooperation


Issue 35