The JER assesses the implementation of the EU and the employment aspects of each country's national reform programmes according to the priorities set out under the EU's Lisbon strategy for growth and Jobs.
The JER does cite certain areas where progress has been made as well as areas where it has been limited or insufficient. It looks at gaps and weaknesses as well as the differences from country to country.
This year, the report highlights that significant action has been carried out under the Lisbon priority to attract and retain more people in work. Some progress has been made under the priority to raise investment in human capital with a slight increase in spending. However policy implementation to improve the adaptability of workers and companies is lagging behind.