The plan comprises two complementary sections:
- support is provided by the regional employment services in the form of strengthened support activities and active employment policies aimed at specific target groups (assistance in job hunting, pathways to work, training courses, etc.);
- follow-up: the National Employment Office (Office national de l'emploi (ONEM)) is responsible for providing more thorough and systematic monitoring of passive and active availability (participation in proposed active employment policies and active job hunting, respectively) among the unemployed. Individual interviews are used to monitor job hunting activities on a regular basis and sanctions may be applied if the efforts made are considered insufficient.
Another important element of the PAS concerns the reinforcement of cooperation/coordination between institutions, particularly the exchange of data for monitoring the availability of fully unemployed individuals receiving benefits (exchange of data concerning refusal of work or training, non-participation in support activities, etc.)
The plan was not applied across the board immediately but was introduced progressively: It was applied to unemployed workers under 30 years of age as from 1 July 2004, to unemployed workers under 40 years of age as from 1 July 2005, and to unemployed workers under 50 years of age as from 1 July 2006.