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Commissioner Andor visits the US


In his first trip to the US as EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, László Andor will leave for Washington and New York City on February 1st. During his visit, Mr Andor will meet with key US labour counterparts, prominent think tanks and academics, including economist Joseph Stiglitz.

The trip will be an opportunity to explore ways to deepen dialogue and cooperation with the US on such critical issue as jobs in the context of the economic and financial crisis.

The Commissioner will be stressing the importance of employment in the political debate on both sides of the Atlantic and will raise common issues for discussion like green jobs, skills anticipation/matching, as well as health and safety issues.

He will meet with Mme Christine Lagarde at the IMF to discuss joint initiatives in the field of employment, in particular the need to cooperate further as part of the G20-ILO framework on strengthening the employment and social dimension of globalisation. He will also meet with Mr Philippe Le Hourerou, Regional Vice-President at the World Bank.

In New York, Commissioner Andor will take part in the Youth Employment panel at the 50th anniversary session of the UN Commission on Social Development.

Programme of the visit

2 February – Washington DC

  • Meeting Philippe Le Houérou, Vice-President for Europe and Central Asia, World Bank
  • Lunch seminar at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
  • Meeting with Hilda Solis, US Secretary of Labor

3 February – Washington DC

  • Visit to Migration Policy Institute
  • Roundtable discussion at the Atlantic Council
  • Meeting with Katharine G. Abraham, Member of the US Council of Economic Advisers

6 February – New York

  • Address at the 50th session of the UN Commission on Social Development
  • Meeting with Randy MacDonald, Senior Vice President for Human Resources, IBM
  • Meeting with Professor Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University

7 February – Washington DC

  • Meeting with Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, IMF
  • Meeting with Richard Trumka, President, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations
  • Lecture at Georgetown University on the Impact of the Euro Crisis on Employment - Challenges and Potential Policy Responses

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