The Europe 2020 Strategy puts particular emphasis on promoting labour mobility, both domestic and migrant, for addressing labour and skills shortages and rendering the EU workforce more adaptable to change. Mobility of workers is essential for achieving an effective internal market, a competitive EU economy, dynamic labour markets, efficient matching of jobseekers to jobs and of employers to skills. Labour mobility is also important in view of the demographic ageing and its impact on the overall EU workforce numbers.
The Presidency suggests that Ministers express their views on the action to be taken to promote labour mobility with a view to creating a fair and genuine European labour market, taking into account, at least for the short-term action, the current difference in Member States due to the effects of the economic crisis. Several questions are served as a basis for the discussion.