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The President of the European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Eurociett), Annemarie Muntz, has addressed the Eurocities Social Affairs Forum in Rotterdam on how private employment agencies can co-operate with cities to progress the European Union (EU27) New Skills and Jobs Agenda.
Muntz stated "given that today's average employment rate is about 62% in the EU, there is a strong need for innovative active labour market policies, comprehensive labour market reforms and more progress on EU's New Skills and Jobs Agenda."
Muntz outlined Eurociett's contribution to the new EU strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, advocating that the agency work industry can provide an important contribution to reach the objectives agreed at EU level and particularly to the policies proposed under the New Skills and Jobs Strategy. Eurociett is convinced that the New Skills and Jobs Strategy can be a key instrument to achieve better functioning labour markets in Europe that correspond to future needs of companies and workers.
Her speech to the Social Affairs Forum focused in particular on agency work's contribution in four ways:
• Better functioning labour markets.
• Enhancing and matching skills.
• Better job quality and working conditions.
• Strengthening drivers of job creation.