Commissioner Andor visited his former secondary school in Zalaegerszeg today. Mr Andor was keen to participate in the Back to School Programme stressing that "returning to speak to students is a special opportunity to not only strengthen relations between citizens, but also to present the diversity of the EU".
In a visit to Košice, Slovakia, Commissioner László Andor took part in a high level event on the role of EU funds to fight Roma exclusion and visited a European social Fund (ESF) project in Tuhrina Municipality. "Working for inclusion has to be done with the Roma communities, not for them", the Commissioner said.
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".
Debating with young people from all over Europe at the Committee of the Regions in the frame of European Youth Week, Commissioner László Andor stressed the need to step up efforts at national and EU level to “improve education and training systems, enhance youth employment, and increase EU youth mobility” – in line with the Europe 2020 initiative Youth on the Move.
In Athens for 12th European Trade Union Confederation's (ETUC) congress, Mr László Andor EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion spoke to journalists in the margins of the trade union event, underlining that high levels of inequality are not only unacceptable from a moral standpoint, but also for sound economic reasons.
At the 10th meeting of people experiencing poverty today, Commissioner László Andor congratulated the EU countries for having set up national targets to reduce poverty as part of the Europe 2020 strategy and stressed the need to "establish real partnerships with national parliaments and stakeholders to support their national reform programmes" and address challenges like combating child poverty and the inclusion of Roma.
The College of European Commissioners will meet for a seminar on 5-6 May in Brussels (Solvay Library), in order to discuss the future financing of the European Union.