Study supporting the Evaluation of the Council Recommendation of 15 Feb 2016 on the integration of the long-term unemployed into the labour market

Client/Funding Institution

European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion


The purpose of this project was to carry out an external and independent study to support the evaluation of the actions taken in response to the Council Recommendation on the integration of the long-term unemployed (LTU) into the labour market. It covered actions undertaken in Members States and by the European Commission in response to the LTU Recommendation. The evaluation assessed to which extent the general and specific objectives have been achieved, i.e. to which extent the transitions from unemployment to employment improved, how the support for the long-term unemployed has evolved and to which extent transitions to employment are sustainable. wiiw carried out this study together with Ramboll and SEOR as part of a framework contract with DG Employment. wiiw was responsible for a mapping of changes in legislation, active measures and service delivery in all EU Member States between 2015 and 2018, and was also involved in the preparation of several case studies.


February 2018 - April 2019

wiiw team Leader

Hermine Vidovic

wiiw Staff

Ronald Hartwig, Stefan Jestl, Sebastian Leitner, Robert Stehrer

Project Partners

Ramboll, SEOR

Countries covered: EU-28

Research Areas: Labour, Migration and Income Distribution