On 23rd and 24th June 2010, Mr László Andor EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion opened in Brussels a high level conference on the contribution of the European Social Fund (ESF) to the Europe 2020 Strategy, along with Ms Maravillas Rojo Torrecilla, Secretary General for Employment, Spain and Ms Pervenche Berès, Chair of the Employment Committee, European Parliament.
On 25 and 26 June the 9th Meeting of People Experiencing Poverty will take place in Brussels.
One European in six reports a constant struggle to pay household bills and three quarters believe that poverty has increased in their country over the past year.
Latest data confirm that the labour market in the EU is stabilising, following several months of only relatively moderate deterioration.
New EU targets to reduce poverty, create jobs and improve education were agreed by the European Council on 17 June 2010.
The Council of EU Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Ministers will meet on 7-8 June in Luxembourg. The European Commission will be represented by László Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion and Vice-President Viviane Reding, Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship. The meeting will prepare the June European Council.
Speaking from the Employment and Social Affairs Ministerial meeting in Luxembourg, László Andor EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion welcomed the new agreement reached on a concrete target to reduce poverty in Europe
The European Commission has on June 3 2010 closed legal proceedings against
Luxembourg over quotas for foreign footballers.
The Commission took legal action because of limits on the number of foreigners allowed to play for Luxembourgish clubs, contrary to EU rules on free movement of workers. The case was successfully concluded following changes to the rules applied.