Romania ranks first among the Member States with regard to share of jobs under threat. More than 60% of all the jobs in Romania are under threat owing to technological progress.
The low added value of Romanian employees, which is four times lower than the added value average in Europe, amplifies Romania’s dramatic job losses. The lack of added value is most obvious in the vehicle industry, where Romanian workers only achieve 16% of the added value achieved by the average European worker. These issues are the result of education under-financing. Romania is one of the Member States which allocates the smallest percentage of GDP to education. As a result, almost 50% of those active on the labour market have not finished the ten grades of compulsory schooling.
What instruments are available to the Commission to reduce the risk of jobs disappearing in the Member States?