The European Union's budget provides important value added to the lives of its 500 million citizens. It is small (around 1% of EU gross national income) but produces concrete results on many things – including in the employment and social fields – where financing at EU level gives a better return on investment.
The European Investment Fund (EIF) and Šiaulių bankas today signed a EUR 5 million loan agreement aimed at supporting micro-enterpreneurs (including the self-employed) in Lithuania.
Taking part in the Commission conference on posting of workers and fundamental social rights, in Brussels, Commissioner László Andor stressed that future legislative proposals in the field will aim to "set the right conditions for better implementation and enforcement of the posting of workers directive, to facilitate the provision of cross-border services and to protect the rights of posted workers".
Taking part in the second High Level Event on the contribution of Structural Funds to Roma integration, in Sofia, Commissioner László Andor joined representatives from the Bulgarian government, the European Parliament, Bulgarian Roma communities and NGOs to raise awareness of the opportunities offered by EU funds for Roma integration and improve the impact of funded projects.
In Vienna, for the Summernight Symposium, Commissioner László Andor stressed the need to ensure a job-rich and inclusive recovery in Europe: "As we progress up the pathway to recovery, we need to be ambitious and determined when preparing the growth-enhancing reforms of tomorrow".
microStart – the Belgian microcredit provider participating in the European Progress Microfinance Facility – opened its second branch in the commune of Schaerbeek, Brussels.
The Directorate-General Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion launched a public consultation on possible future initiatives for the enforcement of EU rules on free movement of workers.
The rules are to protect workers like doctors and nurses giving patients magnetic resonance imaging scans (MRI), people working with radar, welders and workers reparing power lines. The proposal would replace the current Directive 2004/40/EC.
Unemployment in the EU slightly decreased in April 2011. While the labour markets still show steady signs of recovery in some Member States, in others they continued to deteriorate, according to the latest Monthly Labour Market Fact Sheet published by the Commission.
The Commission has adopted 27 sets of country-specific recommendations – plus one for the euro area as a whole – to help EU countries gear up their economic and social policies to deliver on growth, jobs and public finances.
EU Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Commissioner László Andor visited Bridgnorth Aluminium in Shropshire at the invitation of MEP Liz Lynne, First Vice President of the EU Parliament's Employment and Social Affairs Committee.
Speaking at the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, László Andor, acknowledged the country's efforts to boost job creation and despite the current difficult economic situation, he remained positive about the future: "There is work to be done to keep people in employment and create new jobs, such as providing workers and job-seekers with new skills in sectors that are likely to grow. But the government has rightly made job creation a priority and the key foundations of the Irish success story are still present: a hard-working country with an open economy".