Informal meeting of EPSCO (Ministers for Employment and Social Affairs), Dublin:
Extracts from the press conference by the Irish Presidency and the European Commission
Lieu: Council , Dublin
End production: 08/02/2013 First transmission: 08/02/2013
Informal meeting of EPSCO (Ministers for Employment and Social Affairs), Dublin: Press conference by the Irish Presidency and the European Commission
This informal meeting of European ministers for employment and social policy provides ministers with an opportunity to focus on one of the most difficult social problems facing Europe. The theme of the informal meeting is “getting people into work”. Ministers will share views and experiences on a number of policy areas, ranging from jobs and skills development in ICT, youth unemployment and activating jobless households, that will feed into the process of developing services and supporting European people back into work. The first plenary session will be co-chaired by Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton TD and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD. The second plenary session on youth employment will be chaired by Minister Joan Burton. Minister Joan Burton will also chair a workshop on active inclusion for jobless households, Minister Richard Bruton will chair a workshop on the employment and skills opportunities in the ICT area, and Minister for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People, Kathleen Lynch TD will chair a workshop on the labour market engagement of older women
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||Arrival of the speakers
||SOUNDBITE by László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (In English) saying that: I announce that the Commission will this year carry out a modernization of public employment services and that work is also ongoing to reform the EURES, the pan-European job search network to help more job seekers find vacancies in other European member states.
||General view of the speakers
||SOUNDBITE by László Andor (In English) saying that: Finally I announce that in 2013, the Commission will develop an integrated European skills strategy.
||Cutaway of the speakers
||SOUNDBITE by László Andor (In English) saying that: Within the same discussion I briefly touched on the role of the social economy in the context of social exclusion. We believe that the social economy offers alternative business models based on principles based on solidarity and democratic participation and then we have to continue working on this to create more opportunities in this area.
||Cutaway of the audience
||SOUNDBITE by Joan Burton, Irish Minister for Social Protection (In English) saying that: I know that President Van Rompuy has indicated that there will be a funding line in respect of young people and actually tackling their crisis. President Van Rompuy will come to a meeting of the EPSCO Ministers on the morning of the EPSCO General Council. That's a positive sign that the social side of Europe, the unemployment crisis, the way the crisis is affecting people of all ages in our communities, that needs to be emphasizes just as much as the financial structures to address the crisis.
||SOUNDBITE by Richard Bruton, Irish Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (In English) saying that: In terms of the active participation in this Council we had a meeting with the social partners, the representatives of the European Union and European business as well as the various employment committees within the EU and there was a lively discussion with obviously different perspectives about the scale of the crisis and the response but also common grounds around think like the alliance for Apprenticeships and the need for a coherent strategy on skills.
||General view of the speakers