The European Commission launched their Autumn package in November, which outlines the European Commission’s economic and social priorities for the following year. The Autumn package includes a series of documents, such as the Annual Growth Survey (AGS) and the Draft Joint Employment Report. In our Press Release on the matter, EASPD was pleased to see the Annual Growth Survey place a greater emphasis on investing in social services and ensuring that the economic recovery is felt by all.
The Draft Joint Employment report put forward by the European Commission acknowledges that persons with disabilities are still underrepresented in employment. It also recognises that policies such as the Youth Guarantee and employment services are still not inclusive for persons with disabilities and that 25% of inactive women are unable to fully participate in employment because of family care responsibilities due to lack of services. EASPD has prepared a briefing on this report available here.
This Employment Report follows EASPD’s report “European Semester: Developing More Inclusive Labour Markets for All?” indicating that persons with disabilities are two to three times more likely to lose their jobs and suffer long-term unemployment.
The Commission’s draft Employment report acknowledges that employment services are not reaching those who face multiple barriers in entering the labour market, including persons with disabilities. It calls for greater investment and reforms to ensure that services are capable of reducing the barriers to labour market participation by persons with disabilities and informal carers. This line of thought is supported by a recent a study, commissioned by EASPD and written by Dr Stephen Beyer “The Economic Impact of Inclusion in the Open Labour Market for Persons with Disabilities” which argues that inclusive employment is financially beneficial for the whole of society and economy.
- EASPD Briefing Paper on the Draft Employment Report
- EASPD Report: "European Semester, Developing Inclusive Labour Markets for All?" (2016)
- EASPD Study by Dr. Stephen Beyer: "The economic impact of inlcusion in the open labour market for persons with disabilities" (2016)
For more information, please contact
Kristjana Onnudottir, Policy Assistant
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