The Council held a policy debate on the current financial and economic crisis and adopted key messages in the fields of employment, social policy and equal opportunities, intended to be reflected in the Spring European Council Conclusions.

It adopted the joint reports 2008/2009 on employment, as well as on social protection and social inclusion and reached a political agreement on a Council Recommendation on the 2009 up-date of the broad guidelines for the economic policies and a general approach on guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States as part of the Integrated Guidelines for Growth and Jobs.

Furthermore, the Council adopted Conclusions on New Skills for New Jobs: Anticipating and matching labour market and skills needs and on professional and geographical mobility of the workforce and the free movement of workers within the European Union.


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