News from the Commission > Thematic review seminar on 'Tackling long-term unemployment - effective strategies and tools to address long-term unemployment'

On 8 November 2012, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission hosted the Autumn seminar of the Mutual Learning Programme, focusing on policies to tackle long-term unemployment.

Long-term unemployment (LTU) currently affects 10 million individuals in the European Union. The financial and economic crises have impacted significantly on unemployment rates, with a delayed knock-on effect on LTU. Tackling long-term joblessness is a policy priority for the European Union, given the demonstrable short, medium and indeed long-term effects on individual’s career and earnings prospects as well as their physical and mental health and well-being. However the situation is different across the Member States.

The main objective of the thematic review seminar was to understand the situation in terms of long-term unemployment in the European Union and its main drivers, the groups the most affected, the changes compared to before the recession and the policies to prevent and tackle long-term unemployment.

The discussions at the thematic review seminar were held against the background of the European Employment Observatory Autumn Review 2012 which contains contributions of external national experts. A summary from the thematic review seminar, discussion papers and speakers' presentations have been published on the Mutual Learning Programme website.

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