Visit of Social Partners to José Manuel Barroso, and the EC College: extracts from the common press point
Type: Press conference - summary
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 2 May 2013, the Commission met with EU-level social partners, representing trade unions, employers and business organisations, to discuss the social dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU).
This video shows extracts of the press conference given by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Social Partners, following their meeting.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of the Speakers at the press conference (2 shots)
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC (in ENGLISH): Today was the first time that the College of the European Commission as such met with the European Union social partners. And my invitation to the social partners to meet with the College today reflects the great importance that I and the Commission attach to having a high-level – and a high-quality - social dialogue.Our discussion was particularly timely because at the June European Council, the President of the European Council and myself will present possible measures and a time-bound roadmap on the future of the Economic and Monetary Union.
||Cutaway of the audience
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): I think there is today a wide consensus among the European Union institutions on the need to better involve social partners in the governance of the EMU, in particular in the European Semester process. And today, we discussed how we can improve our consultation with the social partners in order to shape the social dimension of the EMU, including the social dialogue. At European Union level, our regular Macroeconomic Dialogue or the Tripartite Social Summits are effective, but we could improve them, or look into other forms of consultation. Because I believe this is really important, that's why today we have this kind of meeting. But also very important is the involvement of the social partners at national level. This is key to this process and should be further developed.I've made - and I can reiterate today - some remarks regarding the need for political and social support for the very ambitious reforms we are now pursuing in Europe.
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||Soundbite by Bernadette Ségol, General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) (in FRENCH) saying that during the meeting with the Commissioners she tried to put a message on behalf of ETUC. There is a sense of social urgency in Europe. Saying that they feel that macroeconomic policies in particular have failed; that there is a social injustice and something has to be done now.
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||Soundbite by Markus Beyrer, Director-General of BusinessEurope (in ENGLISH): BussinesEurope and European entrepreneurs, we are convinced that the social dialogue is an important part of the solution and even though in content and substance at the time being in certain questions is particularly difficult to come to an agreement. We think that understanding what the partners thinks and trying to come to joint solutions is very important and one of the main problems we have to tackle which is youth unemployment which is something we hope that will be able to come up with a joint proposal from the social partners.
||A woman taking notes
||Departure of the Speakers