Extracts from the press conference by László Andor on the Report "Employment and Social developments in Europe 2011"
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 15/12/2011 First transmission: 15/12/2011
On 15 December 2011, László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, held a press conference on the first annual review of Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) published by the European Commission.
The review underlines that a mix of employment and social policies is necessary to ensure a long-term job-rich recovery in the current climate of fiscal consolidation and bleak economic outlook. Its findings show how the economic crisis has aggravated Europe's structural weaknesses like income inequality and the disappearance of medium-paid jobs, especially in manufacturing and construction. Poverty remains high with 115 million Europeans (23 % of the EU population) at risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2010. The review also analyses labour mobility within Europe, reviews active ageing policies and draws attention to the problem of in-work poverty.
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||Arrival of László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
||Soundbite by László Andor (in ENGLISH) saying that greater labour market participation and social inclusion are essential for a job reach growth and are key elements of the Europe 2020 strategy; this analysis published by the Commission covers 6 main areas: changes in the structure of the labour market, increasing income inequalities, the level of poverty along its various dimensions, the problem of in work poverty specifically, the challenges and opportunities related to active aging and labour mobility within Europe.
||Soundbite by László Andor (in ENGLISH) saying that having a job should normally be the best safeguard against poverty and social inclusion but it is not always the case; over 8% of people with a job in the EU are at risk of poverty - which we call the working poor - and almost a quarter of the European population is at risk of poverty or social exclusion; the figure is 115 millions for 2010.
||Soundbite by László Andor (in ENGLISH) saying that he would like to use this opportunity to call for Member States to lift restrictions on mobility; this is currently a question for Member States vis-à-vis workers from Romania and Bulgaria.
||Soundbite by László Andor (in ENGLISH) saying that this review will be an important basis for the efforts in the context of the European semester and for country specific recommendations at the end of the semester; it will also serve national policy makers as it shows the big European picture provides comparisons across countries and analyses structural issues.
||László Andor leaving the press room