Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council: Extracts from the intermediary press conference by the Irish Presidency and the European Commission

Type: News   Reference: i-079587   Duration: 00:04:08  Lieu: Luxembourg (town), Luxembourg - Council
End production: 20/06/2013   First transmission: 20/06/2013
Today, the EPSCO Council have held a policy debate on the European Semester 2013 in the field of employment and social policy. It has discussed youth employment in preparation for the forthcoming European Council's debate on this important issuse. It has been called on to reach a general approach on the European globalisation adjustment fund regulation and on supplementary pension rights directive. It will take note of progress reports on the posting of workers directive and on a regulation on a fund for European aid to the most deprived. Ministers have taken stock of progress reports on a directive improving the gender balance among non-executive directors of companies listed on stock exchanges and related measures, and on a directive on equal treatment. The Council was due to adopt conclusions on : "Towards social investment for growth and cohesion", and Women and the media: Advancing their roles as decision-makers".

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Arrival of the speakers 00:00:11
00:00:16 SOUNDBITE by Richard Bruton, Irish Minister for Jobs, Entreprise and Innovation and President in office of the Council (In English) saying that: I think it was a useful discussion; we concluded by adopting the country specific recommendations. There were some concerns about individual proposals but I think the Commissioner sought to be flexible and deal with some of those though the Hungarian minister has issued a statement expressing some concerns which will be going forward to the Ecofin council in the context of their discussions. 00:00:34
00:00:50 Cutaway of the speakers 00:00:04
00:00:54 SOUNDBITE by Joan Burton, Irish Minister for Social Protection (In English) saying that: This morning was another milestone to actually achieving and putting into a concrete policy what I think almost all member states have now very enthusiastically endorsed because it is an existential crisis for the EU and for many of the countries involved that so many young people are outside of being able to work the locked out of the labour market that include some people with very fine education qualifications, for other people their education probably need more support 00:00:36
00:01:30 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:01:34 SOUNDBITE by Joan Burton (In English) saying that: The youth initiative in a way is perhaps a starter piece in a wider approach finally by Europe to actually revitalizing economies in terms of participation at work so I think it was a good morning's work; we asked specifically a number of questions of the countries participating, we asked if they wanted to fast forward and if they would have concrete plans ready by the end of the year as to how this might be done and we got very positive responses. 00:00:37
00:02:11 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:02:15 SOUNDBITE by László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (In English) saying that: One very urgent point is the setting up of the youth guarantee in every single member states and I'm relying on each of the ministers present today to do all they can to ensure the urgent action necessary for the guarantee to have an immediate impact on improving the outlook for young people. Measures to help young people into remain apriority for the Commission to ensure growth and to avoid a lost generation. 00:00:29
00:02:44 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:02:48 SOUNDBITE by László Andor (In English) saying that: With the communication we are putting the focus on urgent implementation of concrete measures notably of the youth guarantee. A good quality offer under the youth guarantee of a job or traineeship offering learning opportunities means a sustainable entry to the labour market and reaches out to those young people that are not registered with the employment services, the 8 million so called needs. 00:00:33
00:03:21 General view of the speakers and the audience 00:00:04
00:03:25 SOUNDBITE by László Andor (In English) saying that: The Commission has proposed to frontload the youth employment initiative by committing all 6 billion Euros by 2015. We must also make sure the European social fund can sufficiently support young people. I call on the member states to swiftly agree on the funding regulations and to ensure a 25% minimum share of cohesion policy for the social fund. This would allow member states with high levels of young jobless to get sufficient resources for implementing the youth guarantee urgently. 00:00:34
00:03:59 Speakers leaving the press room 00:00:09
00:04:08 End 00:00:00
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