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Informal caring can be an obstacle to employment. Policies aimed at integrating long-term unemployed into the labour market must take this reality into consideration. This is why Eurocarers responded to the consultation launched by the European Commission last May.

The aim of this consultation is to gather views on the measures proposed in the Council Recommendation on the integration of the long-term unemployed into the labour market adopted on 15 February 2016, and on their implementation, as well as to shed light on future possible action to support the long-term unemployed.

In this response, Eurocarers highlights in particular the need to offer relevant support to informal carers being long-term unemployed, and to take their caring responsibilities into account when offering personalised support in relation to employment. We insist on the need to take measures to ensure Work Life Balance so that carers have the possibility to move into employment, and the need to recognize the skills and competences acquired through caring.  The difficulties of young carers to achieve education and training, likely to undermine their situation on the labour market, are also mentioned.  

The views expressed in this consultation will feed into the evaluation of this Council Recommendation. The Commission will then report to the Council in 2019, based on the evaluation results.  

Read here Eurocarers’ response to the consultation.

 

 

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