EU Member States approve conclusions on employment and social affairs

Three sets of conclusions namely on well-being at work, upskilling and reskilling and demographic challenges. The conclusions on enhancing well-being at work acknowledge that well-being at work can lead to higher productivity and participation in the labour market and reduced public health expenditure. For companies, this ensures staff retention and reduced absenteeism. The conclusions call for the well-being perspective to be included in relevant policies at European and national level.

As part of the Council conclusions, the re-skilling and up-skilling of individuals is considered as basis for increasing sustainability and employability as a way of supporting economic recovery and social cohesion. Moreover, the ongoing crisis has highlighted the need for digital skills and competences in guaranteeing continuity of business activities, and in allowing education and training remotely. The conclusions call attention to the optimal use of EU financial instruments such as the European Social Fund, Erasmus+, and InvestEU. 

>> Read more about the Council conclusions here.