Extracts from the press conference by László Andor on the EC's initiatives to strengthen the social dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union
Type: Summary of press conference
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 2 October 2013, László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, gave a press conference on the EC's initiatives to strengthen the social dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union.
The European Commission proposed to create a new scoreboard to allow for better and earlier identification of major employment and social problems in the framework of the European Semester, the EU's yearly economic policy-making cycle.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels
||Arrival of László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, at the press conference
||Soundbite by László Andor (in ENGLISH): The Communication adopted by the Commission today marks a further step towards consolidating the Social Dimension of Economic and Monetary Union. In particular, the EU must rebalance the governance of Economic and Monetary Union to better address problems of divergence between Eurozone countries' employment and social situations. The extent of this divergence has been underlined in the Commission's latest Quarterly Review of the EU's employment and social situation, also published today.
||Cutaway of the audience
||Soundbite by László Andor (in ENGLISH): The first essential step is to measure divergence between countries' employment and social situations. The Communication proposes that this divergence should best be measured by a specific Scoreboard that would highlight negative developments concerning: overall unemployment, the number of young people not in employment, education or training (the so-called NEETs), the percentage of the working age population at risk of poverty, income inequalities as measured by comparing the richest 20% of the population with the poorest 20% and last but not least, Real Gross Disposable Income of Households.
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||Soundbite by László Andor (in ENGLISH): The Commission has proposed that the EU's and Member States' overall economic policies would take more account of employment and social issues through stronger surveillance and coordination of EU Member States' employment and social policies in the framework of the EU's yearly economic policy-making cycle, which is also known as the European Semester. Multilateral surveillance in the framework of the European Semester would therefore be better equipped to prevent employment and social problems as well as competitiveness and fiscal problems.
||General view of the press conference
||Soundbite by László Andor (in ENGLISH): The Communication also underlines the need for Member States to ensure greater targeting of EU structural and investment funds on sound employment and social policies when preparing their plans for spending these funds in the 2014-2020 period. Finally in terms of labour mobility the Communication underlines the Commission's commitment to helping all those people that choose to work in another Member State to be aware of job opportunities there and to overcome any obstacles they may encounter.
||Departure of László Andor