This year assessment of the national reform programmes by the Commission shows that employment is increasing and unemployment falling. However, productivity growth and quality of jobs remain below Europe's needs.
Indeed, despite that the Implementation Reports demonstrate that Member States have taken many of the necessary steps to implement the programmes, only a few Member States have adopted a fully integrated "lifecycle approach" to employment. More efforts are needed to hit the target agreed last year for every young person who has left school or university to be offered a job, training or other employability measure within six months of becoming unemployed.
Gender gaps remain also wide and availability of affordable child care is still a problem in a number of Member States which makes it more difficult to reconcile work and private life. Moreover, Member States are showing limited progress on modernising their employment protection legislation.