9th European Business Summit 2011: extracts from Session 3 on "Human capital and the labour market - is Europe underperforming" with the participation of László ANDOR, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
Première transmission: 18/05/2011
Brussels, Belgium - Tour and Taxis
Fin de production: 18/05/2011
The 9th European Business Summit (EBS) takes place on 18 and 19 May 2011 in Brussels. It gathers business leaders and decision-makers in the EU and for this edition it intends to focuss on Europe’s place in the global economy. It is also expected to analys in which areas is the EU lagging behind and what are the business opportunities where it can regain the lead.
László Andor, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, participated on the Session on "Human capital and the labour market".
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General views (2 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) László Andor, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion: We still have around 23 million people unemployed in the EU and the lack of adequate skills are very much a major factor behind this picture. It has been recognise long time ago by the EC that this needs to be at the hart of the employment strategy.
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) László Andor: We need to be as specific as possible with professions, what content need to be provided through education and training. We need to be age conscient because there are specific needs in the different age groups. And we also need to have a kind of territorial because the landscape in Europe is quite uneven.
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) László Andor: The question of green jobs and green skills: there is practically no profession, no sector, and no job unaffected by this transition to a low carbon and more sustainable economy. And we need to be prepared to support this from the EU level.
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) László Andor: Obviously the question is how well we can connect the entry to the labour market with the performance of the school system? This is very important and it needs to be encouraged that business, stakeholders in the economy play a role in developing the content of education, especially vocational training and also higher education in order to prepare a better match.