Extracts from the Council and the EC statements on the EU social package, EP plenary session

Type: Report   Reference: I-058788   Duration: 10:07:59  Lieu:
End production: 02/09/2008   First transmission: 02/09/2008
Members of the EP debated on 2 September 2008 the Commission's proposed social package which was launched on 2 and 3 July. Altogether, the package contains 19 initiatives in the areas of employment and social affairs, education and youth, health, information society and economic affairs. Discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation outside the field of employment

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10:03:42 Exterior view of the European Parliament in Brussels 00:00:05
10:03:47 Vladimír Špidla, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, (in CZECH) saying that the renewed social agenda is based on three key principles: opportunities, access and solidarity; the Europeans appreciate the value of the individual and they want that everybody gets an equal opportunity to develop their potential; that means to remove the obstacles people have to overcome, and to create such conditions that will allow everybody to take their opportunities and at the same time respect European diversity and avoid mutual strive; saying that corporate restructuring is sometimes unavoidable, but the implications for employees and their families may be very painful; this is what the globalisation adjustment fund is there for; so far it has helped 7,250 employees to find a new job; they must ensure that the fund and its services are available to everyone who can benefit; (2 shots) 00:01:14
10:05:01 Xavier Bertrand, French Minister for Labour, Labour Relations, the Family and Solidarity and President in office of the Council, (in FRENCH) saying that 2008 must be the year of the re-launching of the 'Social Europe', a re-launching expected by all European actors; saying that social dialogue, solidarity between generations, the fight against poverty and discriminations, equality between men and women, social protection, professional mobility, the importance of the general interest services to ensure social cohesion or social responsibility of companies: wherever we are talking about in the world, these values are unique features of the European social model; saying that the European social model must be adapted to take account of globalisation, climate change, the change of the population and the growing diversity of European societies; so the EU has to adapt its labour markets by introducing flex-security, in other words, further security, further insurance and further security at the same time; (5 shots) 00:00:59
10:06:00 Joseph Daul, Member of the EP, (in FRENCH) saying that we need to improve the image of entrepreneurship in Europe, we need young people to build their own companies and we need competitiveness for our companies, but we have to support SMEs too, which are important job creators today; they appeal to all stakeholders to implement the idea of flex-security in Europe; this concept has proven to be worth in the countries where it has been implemented; (3 shots) 00:00:33
10:06:33 Martin Schulz, Member of the EP, (in GERMAN) on the fact that competition is a reality in the internal market and that we need it; saying that we also need to get an added value from it so all the people can benefit and not only investors and banks; saying that Europe has a right hand government and they are going in the right direction; they must correct that (4 shots) 00:00:37
10:07:10 Sir Graham Watson, Member of the EP, (in ENGLISH) saying that not because the EU should plan work for Europe - that role is best filled by the internal market - nor in the belief that the EU should provide unemployment benefits - that is for Member States - rather they welcome this proposal because it is based on a sound liberal principle that employment is the best source of welfare; with some Member States already in recession, this policy will help prevent a spiral of certain job losses that create welfare dependency; answering Martin Schulz's criticism of the predominance of centre right governments in the EU; saying that we live in a democracy and people choose their governments; they are distinctly unconvinced by what the socialists are offering; (5 shots) 00:00:49
10:07:59 Cutaways (4 shots) 00:00:11
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