To celebrate the 3rd European Day on Solidarity between Generations, the European Commission is holding a high level conference 'Towards the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations (2012)'.
May 1st, 2011 marks the removal of restrictions on the right to work in any Member State for citizens from the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia.
The € 9 593 931 requested by the Belgian authorities is to help 2,834 workers made redundant by General Motors Belgium - and four of its suppliers and downstream producers - back into employment. The application will now be sent to the European Parliament and the Council (the EU's Budgetary Authority) for approval.
Debating live with European media students at the Euranet's (European Radio Network) interactive radio show, Commissioner László Andor stressed the need to reduce the number of early school leavers and to equip young people with the right skills for employment: "Being able to find a good first job is what worries young people most. Lack of skills and qualifications that match employers' needs can be a major obstacle".
Attending the European Platform for Roma Inclusion days after the Commission presented its new framework for national Roma integration strategies, Commissioner László Andor, responsible for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, together with Vice-president Viviane Reding, took part in an in-depth debate on the economic and social integration of Roma people with over 200 participants including prominent Roma representatives.
The Commission is putting forward a European Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies, which will help guide national Roma policies and mobilise funds available at EU level to support inclusion efforts.