The European Commission has proposed to set up a Fund to help the most deprived persons in the EU.
Collective efforts to pursue economic integration and promote strong and sustainable economic growth, social cohesion and employment were the main focus of the Tripartite Social Summit held in Brussels on 18th October, in preparation of the 18-19 October European Council.
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty should remind us all how current economic, employment and social crises have accentuated poverty in Europe and underline the need for more efficient, effective and adequate social investment and social protection.
"A strong human capital base is the key to sustainable growth". This is the key message that László Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion is delivering today at the Euroskills competition in Spa, Belgium.
When the Barroso II Commission entered office, the exit from the crisis was in our focus, and the question was how to ensure that economic growth returns with the right qualities. As compared to that, in the first half of our mandate, we still needed to face the financial crisis itself, with ever more serious social consequences.