This analytical working paper provides an overview of the analysis essentially carried out during 2009 and 2010, with regard to the setting of a new overall employment rate target for 2020 as part of the Europe 2020 strategy, including the reference population to be covered as well as the appropriate value for the target.

As such it provided analytical support leading to the decision of the March 2010 European Council to set an overall employment target for the EU27 in 2020 of 75% for those aged 20-64.

It also summarises the subsequent analysis carried out to investigate possible approaches to translate the common target into specific targets for individual Member States [extract].


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