Europe 2020, an EU strategy for jobs and smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, is based on five headline targets which are measured by different indicators.

This series of blog posts looks at each of the targets in turn.

The first target is that 75 % of the population aged 20-64 should be employed by 2020. The Commission will track progress towards this goal by monitoring the employment rate in this age group over time. 

As you can see from the country comparison chart below, some EU countries have already surpassed the overall target level, while some have a long way to go. Changes in education systems and retirement regimes have the potential to significantly alter a country's employment profile, and many states have already embarked on reforms that should help them to boost this figure.

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