I’ve clocked up 100 days as the employment, social affairs and inclusion European Commissioner. It is only the beginning of a five-year mandate but an important time to take stock.
The first-ever joint meeting of Finnish MEPs, MPs and government members including PM Vanhanen was held today at the Finnish Parliament with EU Commissioner for Employment, Social affairs and Inclusion László Andor. Key topics on the agenda included current EU affairs where Commissioner Andor presented the EU's new ten-year strategy for jobs and growth, Europe 2020.
The European Commission adopted a consultation document on 20 May 2010 to seek the views of the European social partners.
The labour market in the EU is showing signs of stabilising, following several months of more moderate deterioration. This is evidenced by rises in the unemployment rate easing further in most Member States in March, while in 10 countries the rate stabilised or even declined.
The European Commission has on May 6 2010 approved two applications from Spain for assistance from the EU Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF).
The European Commission has on May 6 2010 approved an application from Ireland for assistance from the European Globalisation adjustment Fund (EGF).
Commissioner Andor visited Göteborg in Sweden on 5 May to see the positive results of € 10 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) that has helped 1500 former workers at Volvo Göteborg.
The European Commission has closed a legal case against Spain for discriminating against workers on the basis of nationality in accessing jobs on ships flying the Spanish flag.
There could be as much as 10 million fewer jobs in the EU over the next decade as a result of the current economic crisis, though employment levels in the EU are expected to recover so that they almost reach 2008 levels by 2020.
The European Commission has on May 5, 2010 referred four Member States to the EU's Court of Justice for failing to communicate their national measures for transposing legislation on working conditions in the international rail sector.