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Tackling Europe's long-term unemployment, 7 September 2015, Brussels

07 September - 07 September 2015, Brussels (DG EMPL)

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Despite the fact that Europe is slowly recovering from the crisis, the share of long-term unemployed people remains its main legacy. Long-term unemployment doubled between 2007 and 2014 and now accounts for half of total unemployment, affecting today 12.1 million people across the EU. There is a risk that long-term unemployed will not benefit from the current recovery and will be left behind as they are the furthest from the labour market. Getting long-term unemployed back to work remains one of the most urgent challenges the EU member states are currently facing.

On September 8, the European Commission will present a package of measures to further support the integration in the labour market of the long-term unemployed.

Against this background, the European Journalism Centre in co-operation with the European Commission's DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, invites a group of journalists from the EU28 for an exclusive press event with Commissioner Thyssen to discuss the views and insights of this new initiative. This high-level event will take place in Brussels on 7 September 2015.

The journalists will have a unique opportunity to meet all the main actors involved in shaping the European Commission's employment strategy and engage with them in an interactive dialogue. The one-day event will help those attending to better understand the main drivers of long-term unemployment, identify the most affected groups, get familiar with EC's policies to prevent and tackle the problem as well as get a better overview of best-practices throughout the EU member states and those national policies that proved to be efficient. They will also have the opportunity to hear first-hand experience of the work with long-term unemployed people to support them in their journey back to the labour market.

The event is exclusively catered for specialist and expert journalists in the field of EU affairs.

Participants will arrive in Brussels on 6 September (evening) and depart back to their home countries on 8 September (morning). Flights, accommodation and most of the meals during the programme will be arranged and covered by the organisers.

If you are interested in attending this seminar, we advise you to apply as soon as possible on www.ejcseminars.eu as places are limited.

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