Employment & Social Affairs


Responsibility for employment and social policy lies primarily with national governments. The aim of EU employment and social policy and related funding programmes are designed to fund and complement their efforts by:

  • counteracting the impact of demographic ageing,
  • easing the transition from school to work
  • making it easier to find a job
  • modernising social security systems
  • making it easier for workers to move freely around the EU
  • alleviating poverty
  • protecting people with disabilities.
The EU also:
  • coordinates & monitors national policies
  • encourages member countries to share best practices on social inclusion, poverty & pensions
  • supports training, skills development & entrepreneurship
  • makes laws on workers’ rights, discrimination at work & coordination of social security schemes, and monitors their implementation.

Following the closure of the European Partnership at the end of March 2019, this website is no longer active and will not be updated. However, it will be kept live for a period of time as an archive resource.