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In the Single Market Act, the Commission announced its intention to present soon two proposals to clarify and improve the situation regarding these two subjects which are closely related. At this stage, it is essential for us to consult key stakeholders and to take their opinions into account in our impact assessment.
I believe that the way a society treats its minorities is a measure of its civilisation. I also believe that helping our Roma population to integrate into the labour force and society is both economic sense and a moral imperative.
As we progress up the pathway to recovery, we need to be ambitious and determined when preparing the growth-enhancing reforms of tomorrow. It is vital that we ensure that any recovery is rich in jobs with a positive impact on our labour force.
As you know, the European Progress Microfinance Facility is the first dedicated EU-level instrument for microfinance, and this year will be its first full year of operation. To date, five microfinance-providers in the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Bulgaria and Romania have started to provide loans with guarantees or loans provided by the Microfinance Facility.
Restoring State finances while ensuring a job-rich recovery and protecting the most vulnerable are the biggest challenges facing not only Ireland but the entire European Union. Concentrating on employability and improving our human resources through training and education is essential.