The Communication emphasises the need to prepare the European Union to cope with the challenges of globalisation better and to promote social management of change and restructuring.
Such management must offer new opportunities to workers and regions affected by restructuring, must allow the workers access to training or re-training, and must demonstrate real solidarity with them.With a view to helping workers and companies to anticipate changes more effectively, the Commission has launched in-depth research and analyses, both on the restructuring phenomenon itself and on the monitoring of activity sectors, including a series of sectoral studies on the identification of emerging skills at sectoral level and on changes in employment between now and 2020.
Such anylysis will be carried out in conjunction with independent researchers, social partners and other European institutions, such as the European Parliament, EUROFOUNDs European Monitoring Centre on Change (EMCC) and the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop).
It will comprise part of the response to the Councils resolution of 15 November 2007 on the new skills for new jobs, and to the request from the March 2008 European Council concerning employment and qualification forecasts for 2020.
Full title: Restructuring and employment the contribution of the European Union: Commission Staff Working Paper. SEC(2008) 2154, 2.7.2008