EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, László Andor was in Geneva today to address and take part in discussions with the tripartite Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The meeting focused on the social dimension of globalisation and the crisis.
Speaking at the Working Party on the Social Dimension of Globalization of the ILO, the Commissioner took the opportunity to share his perspective and set out the EU's steps to get back on a path to growth and in particular EU actions under the Europe 2020 strategy.
Welcoming the good cooperation between the ILO and the Commissioner said: "Partnership between the ILO and the Commission has been a major catalyst for the development of the external dimension of social and employment policies. He added: "Understanding the root causes and mechanisms underlying the crisis – such as growing inequalities, the role of wage-setting – is essential".
The Commissioner emphasised the need for International Organisations to engage in better cooperation, stressing that area like social protection cannot make progress without cooperation and coherence at the multilateral level.
In this context, Mr Andor welcomed the outcome of the G20 Cannes Summit which endorsed the recommendations agreed by G20 Labour and Employment Ministers at the end of September.
Speaking about the current situation, Mr Andor said: "the EU is living through dramatic and tough times. The employment outlook is gloomy with GDP growth slowing. In times of tight public budgets, we have seen the need to analyse crisis causes and ways to respond to them but also to evaluate policies". He added: "this meeting today is a unique opportunity to gain a global perspective on the crisis and the path to recovery".
The Commissioner also stressed his support for the Decent Work Agenda of the ILO, underlining the importance of cooperation on key decent work topics like youth employment.