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Employment and social affairs

Employment and social affairs

Technological advances, globalisation and changing demographics continue to impact the ways Europeans live and work. The EU is actively developing policies and legislative proposals to meet these challenges.

Through the European pillar of social rights, the EU works to safeguard the rights of citizens by ensuring:

  • Equal opportunities and access to the labour market
  • Fair working conditions
  • Social protection and inclusion

EU funding helps public and private organisations implement and improve employment and social policy, and finance projects to support their citizens of today and tomorrow.

EU employment legislation guarantees minimum levels of protection that apply to everyone living and working in the EU. Specific EU rules also aim to make it easy for EU citizens to live and work in other EU countries, while protecting their social security rights, such as health insurance and benefits.