The Commission proposes a Social Investment Package for Growth and Cohesion:
Extracts from the press conference by László ANDOR, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
Première transmission: 20/02/2013
Brussels, Belgium - EC/Berlaymont
Fin de production: 20/02/2013
The European Commission has called on Member States to prioritise social investment and to modernise their welfare states. This means better performing active inclusion strategies and a more efficient and more effective use of social budgets. The call features in a Communication on Social Investment for Growth and Cohesion just adopted by the Commission.
The Communication also offers guidance to Member States on how best to use EU financial support, notably from the European Social Fund, to implement the outlined objectives. The Commission will closely monitor the performance of individual Member States' social protection systems through the European Semester and formulate, where necessary, Country Specific Recommendations.
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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: The European Commission has adopted today a social investment package. This completes the cycle we started with the white paper on pensions, the employment package of April 2012, continued with the youth employment package of December which now ends with the adoption of this package. These documents have served a triple purpose: They deliver initiatives that have been announced in the Europe 2020 strategy back in 2010, they respond to the deepening economic and social crisis and they also prepare for closer coordination of policies within the EU.
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||SOUNDBITE by László Andor (In English) saying that: The social investment package delivers a recommendation on fighting child poverty which was a promise since launching the platform against poverty and social exclusion just over 2 years ago. Reducing inequality at a young age by investing in early childhood education and care must be a shared commitment of all our national governments. The package also delivers a report on active inclusion which has been at the heart of EU policies in recent years based on adequate income support, inclusive labour market and access to quality services.
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||SOUNDBITE by László Andor (In English) saying that: The Commission has proposed that at least 20% of total European social fund resources in each member states shall be used for promoting social inclusion and combating poverty. We also proposed that the ESF should be endowed with at least 25% of cohesion policy funding and this is actually the best time to recall this important proposal given the forthcoming negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council about the Multiannual Financial Framework.
||László Andor leaving the press room (2 shots)