On Tuesday 24 November 2020, the European Commission published the New Action Plan on Integration and Inclusion 2021-2027. The new Action Plan presents a comprehensive approach and includes the key actions that are needed for a European approach to integration and inclusion:
- Education and training: increasing the participation of migrant children and children with a migrant background in ECEC, fighting segregation and equipping teachers with the necessary skills and resources to teach in multicultural and multilingual classrooms;
- Employment and skills: improving skills assessment and validation, promoting entrepreneurship, increasing participation in high-quality vocational education and training and addressing specific gender barriers for women’s participation in the labour market;
- Access to healthcare: promoting equal access to regular healthcare services, including mental health, addressing specific challenges faced by women, in particular during and after pregnancy;
- Housing: supporting adequate and affordable housing, promoting autonomous housing and partnership-based approaches, co-housing and accompanying housing with employment and social services.
The New Action Plan proposes targeted and tailored support, building up on the achievements of the 2016 Action Plan and on in-depth consultations with stakeholders, including social partners. The New Action Plan is a substantial step forward in the European Commission’s efforts to build cooperation between Member States, and to maximise EU added value through multi-stakeholder partnerships, as highlighted in the New Pact on Migration and Asylum presented on 23 September 2020.
CEEP actively respondeded to the European Commission’s consultations to establish priorities and actions to promote the integration and social inclusion of migrants and people with a migrant background. CEEP and the other European social and economic partners (CEEP, ETUC, BusinessEurope, SMEUnited, Eurochambres) participated on 19 October 2020 to a dedicated consultation on the future New Action Plan, highlighting the main challenges and needs of the public services’ employers and SGI providers for the integration of third country nationals in the labour market.
This new Action Plan is also building up on the renewal of the European Partnership for Integration, co-signed on 7 September 2020 by the EU social and economic partners and Commissioners Johansson and Schmit. In this spirit, the New Action Plan emphasizes that the effective inclusion of migrants and citizens with a migrant background into the labour market requires the active collaboration of a large variety of actors, with a commitment to continue the cooperation with the social and economic partners.
The New Action Plan finally underlines the importance of the skills assessments and validation, and the further development of the proper tools, such as the EU Skills Profile Tool for Third Country Nationals. CEEP had an important contribution for testing and improving this tool, in the framework of the Labour-Int 2 project, carried out with ETUC and the other social and economic partners, and the financial support of the European Commission.
Should you wish to receive any information regarding CEEP activities in the field of migration and integration, or to get a general overview of the Commission’s New Action Plan on Integration and Inclusion, do not hesitate to contact CEEP Project Officer Stefan Enica.