Extracts from tje press conference by László Andor on reinforced cooperation between public employment services
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 17/06/2013 First transmission: 17/06/2013
On 17 June 2013, László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, gave a press conference in Brussels on reinforced cooperation between public employment services.
On the same date, the European Commission proposed a Decision to help public employment services to maximise their effectiveness through closer cooperation to better address the needs of the unemployed and businesses. Effective public employment services are essential for the practical implementation by Member States of employment policies, such as the Youth Guarantee. For example, public employment services are well placed to advise individual jobseekers on training, apprenticeship, traineeship and further education opportunities adapted to their situation and to employers' requirements. Moreover, public employment services also vital in ensuring a better match between jobseekers with particular skills and employers looking for these skills. The latest issue of the European Vacancy Monitor shows that despite record unemployment in Europe, 1.7 million vacancies remain unfilled in the EU. The proposed Decision would establish a platform for comparing the performance public employment services against relevant benchmarks, identifying best practices and fostering mutual learning. Public employment services have themselves indicated that with such a system in place, labour market problems could be detected earlier on.
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||Exterior view of the Berlaymont building, in Brussels
||Arrival of László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, to the press conference
||Soundbite by László Andor (in ENGLISH): The Member States' public employment services have a crucial role to play in helping the 26 million unemployed in Europe to get a job. This is why the European Commission has today proposed to help public employment services to maximise their effectiveness through closer cooperation, setting performance benchmarks and exchanges of best practices between themselves. The can clearly learn a lot from each other's experiences. For example, public employment service can advise jobseekers on training, apprenticeship or further education opportunities adapted to their situation and to employers' requirements, thus playing a key role in the urgent task of implementing the Youth Guarantee in every single Member State.
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||Soundbite by László Andor (in ENGLISH): Closer cooperation between public employment services would help Member States anticipate and detect labour market problems earlier on, allying for adequate action to be taken in good time. There is clearly room for Member States to improve their efficiency and effectiveness of their public employment services. This is why the Commission proposed Country Specific Recommendations to a number of Member States urging them to improve their public employment services. These include Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Romania and Spain. The cooperation we have proposed would give practical help to Member States to implement these Country-Specific Recommendations.
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||Soundbite by László Andor (in ENGLISH): This new proposal will not introduce a miracle overnight cure to Europe's unemployment problems. But it is an important part of the solution as it marks a further step towards working together to address the challenge in a very practical way.
||General view of the audience