Speaking at a press conference in Athens, Commissioner László Andor stressed the need to "mobilise more effectively European Social Fund (ESF) resources to promote access to employment and new skills, while strengthening the role of social partners in the governance of policy reforms at all levels".
To make the EU single market work better for workers and for business, the Commission has proposed new rules to increase the protection of workers temporarily posted abroad.
The European Commission adopted a report on the implementation and results of the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion 2010.
The European Commission has made payments to Austria, France, Italy and Portugal from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund.
At the launch of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations in Hungary, Commissioner László Andor called on public authorities, social partners and the public to step up efforts to ensure "that older people can continue to contribute to the economy and society, and live independently as long as possible – that is what active ageing is all about", he added.