Informal meeting of Ministers for Employment and Social Security: extracts from the common press conference by Celestino Corbacho, Joëlle Milquet, Vladimir Spidla, Conny Reuter and Joël Decaillon following the work session with Troika and Social Platform
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 28/01/2010 First transmission: 28/01/2010
Barcelona hosted on 28 and 29/01/2010 the Informal Meeting of European Union Ministers of Employment and Social Security. Today, the Europe's Social Troika have met before the Council started. The Spanish Government's Minister for Employment and Immigration, Celestino Corbacho, chaired the Informal Meeting of Ministers of Employment and Social Security. The Social Troika meeting has been held with European social partners (representatives from unions and business organisations) and with the Social Platform (representatives of non-governmental organisations from the EU). They discussed about the future 2020 Strategy, tackling especially unemployment.
Participants of the troika present at the press conference were: Celestino Corbacho Chaves, Spanish Minister for Labour and Immigration, and President in office of the Council, Vladimir Spidla, member of the EC in charge of Employment, social affairs and equal opportunities, Jöelle Milquet, Belgian Minister for Employment and equal opportunities, László Herczog, Hungarian Minister for Employment and social affairs, Andrea Benassi, UEAPME, Rönnest Jurgen, Bussiness Europe, Jöel Decaillon, Deputy General Secretary of ETUC, Conny Reuter, President of Social Platform, and Ralf Resch, European Centre of Employers and Enterprises.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival to the press room (2 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (in SPANISH) by Celestino Corbacho Chaves, Spanish Minister for Labour and Immigration, and President in office of the Council, saying that within the employment, they are specially worried for the young people and the long term unemployed. So they believe that the 2020 Strategy should involve short, medium and long term measures. These short measures should have as an objective corrective measures for the elements that caused the crisis and the unemployment. They also need stimulus in order to maintain the economy and avoid further loss of jobs.
||Cutaway of speakers
||SOUNDBITE (in FRENCH) by Jöelle Milquet, Belgian Minister for Employment and equal opportunities, saying that with the degradation of the labor market, we can not afford to suddenly just blindly remove the measures in favor of employment, measures to create employment on the service sector, to balance the crisis the commercial sector, particularly when there are involved to vulnerable sectors as young people, it would be irresponsible, dangerous.
||Cutaway: general view
||SOUNDBITE (in FRENCH) by Vladimir Spidla, member of the EC in charge of Employment, social affairs and equal opportunities, saying that the flexisecurity is even more important during the crisis than in good times; because the crisis has forced on us a very tough transition and he thinks that supporting people during the transition is at the heart of this policy.
||SOUNDBITE (in FRENCH) by Conny Reuter, President of Social Platform, saying that today it is much less a question of flexisecurity and much more about active inclusion. Because the problem is now how to get back people who were excluded from the labor market, people who are facing problems, people who need more skills, help, to be more prepared to be reoriented in the labor market. This causes high levels of investments in training and education and that's the problem. Not because they can not do that, but because intervention goes also hand in hand with the intervention and financing from the public authorities, and you can not stand that, despite the good intentions, reality sometimes is more difficult.
||SOUNDBITE (in FRENCH) by Jöel Decaillon, Deputy General Secretary of ETUC, saying that they have an ageing population but at the same time -as they said this morning- they also need people to have access to quality jobs, and they have young people in a difficult situation where they can't find jobs. So they need to try to have a system which takes into account all these two parameters. The second point he would like to highlight is that with retirement systems, you do have to look at the issue of redistribution. It is not just a question of age, it is the level of pensions people are going to be able to access.