The Commission proposes a Social Investment Package for Growth and Cohesion: statement by László ANDOR, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EC/Berlaymont
End production: 20/02/2013 First transmission: 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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||SOUNDBITE (in English) by László ANDOR, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion: The social consequences of the current financial and economical crisis are extremely serious and employment is at the record tight level in the EU. About 120 million people live in poverty or social exclusion. Meeting the target of 2020 strategy will be more and more difficult from this point. More and more people live in homeless households or even in the street but these trends will not reverse without changing course. That is why the European Commission adopted the Social Investment Package to get recommendations against poverty. We believe that breaking the cycles of poverty and social exclusion which otherwise could last for generations must be a shared commitment of the EU and the Member States. Active inclusion remains the heart of the social protection strategy of the EU. The Commission will monitor very closely the performance of the social protection system of the Member States. It is also very important to use our social budget more efficiently and more effectively than in the past. At the same time we also offer guidance for a Member States about how to use the EU financial resources and most importantly the European Social Fund more effectively, for example to implement programmes that provides better charity facilities, find schools drop outs improve the quality to training and job set assistance and help improving access to health care services. I believe social investment must be now in the focus of our Member States to shift their attention and actions to this direction. Investing now will help us avoiding much higher social but also financial cost in the future.