Attending the G20 High Level Conference ''Strengthening Economic and Social Policy" in Paris on Monday May 23rd, Mr László Andor EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion spoke at the panel on employment policy chaired by Ms. Christine Lagarde, French Minister of the Economy, Finance and Industry, saying that in the EU, social, protection systems have "helped to alleviate the social and economic effects of the recession".
He added: "Now our aim must be to better link macroeconomic, employment and social policies to ensure a job-rich recovery that provides good quality jobs and protects against the risk of long-term unemployment".
The Commissioner also stressed the importance for labour ministers to have a strong voice in the G20 process. Here he reiterated that "action on employment and in particular on youth, as well as social protection, are key areas where Labour Ministers can contribute to the overall G-20 objectives. He underlined "I lend my support full to the efforts of the French Presidency of G20 to identify further concrete steps for cooperation and the formulation of meaningful conclusions on coherence ahead of the September G20 Labour and Employment Ministers Meeting".
Speaking to journalists after the panel on fundamental rights, chaired by Mr. Xavier Bertrand, French Minister of Labour, Employment and Public Health the Commissioner commented how the EU social agenda puts a strong emphasis on strengthening the social dimension of globalisation. He also underlined that, in this context, the commission will continue to promote principles of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) among companies, encouraging them to adhere to internationally recognised standards in this area".
Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy, the French President, opened the event which aims to prepare the ground for the September G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meeting on policy coherence between macroeconomic, employment, social and other policies, as well as between international organisations. The meeting brings together G20 Employment ministers, international organisations and trade unions.