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Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

This Commission department is responsible for EU policy on employment, social affairs, skills, labour mobility and the related EU funding programmes. 


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DG EMPL develops and carries out the Commission's policies on:

Employment and social affairs

Education and training

EU employment and social policies bring practical benefits to citizens, for example, in finding a job, moving to another Member State for work or other reasons, upgrading skills, etc. In partnership with national authorities, social partners, civil society organisations and other stakeholders, the Directorate-General addresses challenges linked to globalisation, the ageing of Europe's population and changing social realities.  Examples of the areas in which we are active include support for:

  • More and better jobs through the European Employment Strategy (which brings national policies closer in this field) and the European Social Fund (€9 billion per year managed in partnership with the Member States).  
  • Free movement of workers and coordination of social security schemes, which means that every EU national has the right to work and to live in any EU country and that people who move between countries are not disadvantaged in relation to social security including healthcare.
  • Social inclusion by supporting efforts to combat poverty and social exclusion, reform social protection systems, assess new demographic and social developments.
  • The European Commission's priorities are set out in the Annual Management Plan of the Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.

Plans and reports

Commission work programme - overview of institution-wide deliverables for current year

Strategic plan - department strategy, objectives for 2020-2024

Management plan - department forecasted outputs, activities, resources for current year

Annual activity report - department achievements, resources used during previous year

Leadership and organisation

10 JUNE 2024
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Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
Phone number
+32 2 299 11 11 (Commission switchboard)
Postal address
European Commission, 1049 Bruxelles/Brussel, Belgium