On 20 December, CEEP co-founded, together with the European Commission and the EU Social and Economic partners (ETUC, BusinessEurope, UAPME, CEEP and Eurochambers) a ‘European Partnership for Integration‘, laying down key principles and commitments to support and strengthen opportunities for refugees and migrants legally residing in the EU to integrate into the European labour market.

At the signing ceremony, Valeria Ronzitti, CEEP General Secretary, said: “Employers and providers of public services have a key role to play in supporting the integration of migrants and refugees in Europe. They act both as first responders providing essential services and, later in the process, as employers. Being part of the European Partnership for Integration will help our members to fulfill this two-fold mission, by better supporting and recognising our shared responsibility.”

Among others, CEEP committed to take part to sharing best practices for labour market integration of refugees, for instance the organisation of mentoring programmes to integrate them into the workplace or facilitating the identification, assessment and documentation of skills and qualifications. The European Commission will endeavour, amongst other things, to promote synergies with EU funds, ensure synergies with other related initiatives at European level and continue to work with relevant EU bodies, groups, committees and networks as well as Social and Economic partners to support the labour market integration of refugees.

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