The aim of the EIM programme has been to provide continuation and further development of the activities launched previously under the Programme for analysis, research and cooperation among the Member States (MS) in the field of employment and the labour market (LM)
It has furthermore acted as a forerunner to the "Employment" section of the PROGRESS Programme, which will run from 2007-2013.
The overall purpose of the three above-mentioned programmes/sections has been or will be to support the development of the European Employment Strategy (EES) and its implementation.
The programme activities should furthermore contribute to achieving the strategic goal set by the European Council in Lisbon to enable the Community to re-establish the conditions for full employment.
Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions on the Final Report on Community incentive measures in the field of employment (EIM Programme 2002-2006)
COM (2008) 0328, 30.5.2008