Commissioner Andor and Mr Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Minister of Labour and Employment of India opened the 4th EU-India Seminar in Brussels, on skills and employment policy.
Commissioner Andor and Mr Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Minister of Labour and Employment of India opened the 4th EU-India Seminar in Brussels, on skills and employment policy. Commissioner Andor emphasized the particular importance of the dialogue and cooperation between the EU and India on employment and social issues, as both the EU and India face common challenges on their road to recovery from the global crisis. He reminded that in these difficult circumstances the strategic partnership in G20, ILO and ASEM has become even more valuable. Commissioner Andor said: "The EU fully supports the proposal for a Global Skills Strategy as presented during the G20 Leaders Summit in Toronto. Together we aim to enhance the responsiveness of education and training systems to changes in skill requirements. In addition, we want to improve access to training and skills development." Minister Mallikarjun Kharge expressed his view that India and the EU should come together for improving labour skills to increase employability of workforce in the current global economic crisis. He also pointed out that the last few decades have demonstrated that global economies are truly interdependent and are becoming increasingly integrated and, consequently, globally integrated economies require globally integrated societies.
The two-day seminar on "Skills and Employment Policy in the context of Recovery from the Global Jobs Crisis" is organized in the framework of bilateral cooperation with India, by the Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, in Brussels on 5/6 July, 2010.
The seminar allows exchanging experiences and good practice in the area of skills policies between EU and India, also in the context of wider international discussion on employment and social consequences of the crisis at global level, notably within the G20. The seminar is also connected to the EU "New Skills for New Jobs" initiative which puts emphasis on international cooperation in the area of skills development, anticipation and matching with labour market needs, and could initiate future cooperation between the EU and India in this area.