EU Commission announces measures to support those fleeing "unprovoked Russian aggression."

The European Commission has announced a series of measures to continue supporting those fleeing what it calls "the unprovoked Russian aggression."

A new online job-search tool launched on Monday will help people fleeing Russia's invasion of Ukraine to successfully find a job in the European Union.

After registering with the EU Talent Pool pilot initiative, those under temporary protection can upload their CVs, so that their profiles are available to more than 4,000 employers, national public employment services and private employment agencies. Ensuring a swift and effective integration into the labour market is important both for host communities, and for those fleeing the war to rebuild their lives.

Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, said: “The EU Talent Pool pilot demonstrates our continued solidarity with Ukraine. Not just in words, but with action. It is a tragedy that millions of people have been forced to flee their homes. It is our collective duty to provide as much support as we can to help them make a life for themselves in the EU. Finding a quality job means financial independence and it puts you on the path for better social integration.”

Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, said: “From the first week of war the EU has granted immediate protection to those in need. Thanks to EU Temporary Protection, those same people arriving in the EU have access to the labour market. The talent pool makes access to the labour market easier. Our aim is to ensure that Ukrainians can continue to benefit from the Temporary Protection Directive, which I believe should continue to apply at least until March 2024. We also stand ready to support those who decide to go home to Ukraine and they can rely on us if they decide to come back to the EU. This week, I will discuss all these matters with Ministers in the upcoming JHA Council.”

The Executive Director of the European Labour Authority, Cosmin Boiangiu, said: “The EURES portal and network are a powerful instrument to match employers and jobseekers across Europe. There could not be a better European tool to deliver the Talent Pool pilot on such short notice, and facilitate the labour integration of Ukrainians seeking temporary protection and shelter in the EU.”

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