26 May 2023
The European employment strategy, dating back to 1997, established a set of common objectives for employment policy and contributed to ‘soft coordination’ among the Member States through a monitoring process and connected funding instruments. Creating more and better jobs was one of the main goals of the Europe 2020 strategy. Since the turn of the decade, the Commission has proposed new and more ambitious targets in the areas of employment, skills and social protection in order to build a strong social Europe by 2030. EU law is relevant in certain areas, even if the responsibility for employment policy lies primarily with national governments.