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In line with its mandate, the Employment Committee has produced its annual review for the Council of the employment situation in the EU. This is contained in the "Employment Performance Monitor" (EPM) which monitors progress towards the 2020 targets, and identifies key employment challenges and good labour market outcomes across the EU and in each Member State. The Employment Performance Monitor is submitted to Council alongside the EMCO Annual Employment Performance Report which summarises the main findings of the EPM and, looking forward, the developments required at EU and national levels to reach the respective employment rate targets by 2020. 

In line with its mandate in Article 150 TFEU the Employment Committee has produced its annual review for the Council of the employment situation in the EU. This is contained in the "Employment Performance Monitor" (EPM) which monitors progress towards the 2020 targets, and identifies key employment challenges and good labour market outcomes across the EU and in each Member State. The Employment Performance Monitor is submitted to Council alongside the EMCO Annual Employment Performance Report which summarises the main findings of the EPM and, looking forward, the developments required at EU and national levels to reach the respective employment rate targets by 2020. From this review EMCO would highlight the following messages.

In 2016, the EU employment rate (20-64) continued to increase and reached 71.0%, surpassing the pre-crisis level for the first time since 2008. Latest figures show that this positive trend has continued, with the rate reaching 71.7% in the first quarter of 2017. If the employment rate continues increasing at the same pace as in 2016, the EU would be broadly on course to meet the Europe 2020 employment rate target of 75%. This welcome news should not obscure disparities: six Member States have employment rates considerably below their pre-crisis levels.

The majority of Member States have achieved the minimum employment growth that, if maintained, would allow them to hit their targets in 2020, and seven Member States have already achieved their national target. However, the gap remains significant (a further average increase of 3 to 4 percentage points is required) which points to a substantial challenge for Member States. 

Unsurprisingly, challenges related to work-life balance feature prominently in the EPM, and should be tackled in order to utilise untapped labour market potential. These primarily relate to family obligations: more than half concern the provision of childcare or dependent care facilities. 
 
Please follow this link to access the key messages from the Employment Committee (EMCO) based on the Annual Employment Performance Report (AEPR) and Employment Performance Monitor (EPM).