The key role of social investment for the modernisation of national welfare systems and for overcoming Europe's employment and social crisis was underlined by László Andor, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion at the conference on the implementation of the Social Investment Package.
The financial and economic crisis has lasted much longer than expected, and its social consequences are also very severe. The unprecedented numbers of people out of work and the social emergency caused by the recession, unemployment and lack of growth have damaged trust in political and economic systems across Europe. To restore this trust is today the most important duty for national governments and for the EU.
The European Commission has today proposed measures to ensure the better application of EU law on people's right to work in another Member State and so make it easier for people to exercise their rights in practice.
The European Commission has presented an overview of how EU Structural Funds are working in Member States.
The on-going economic crisis poses a serious challenge to the dialogue between workers' and employers' representatives and governments according to a report published by the European Commission.
Commissioner László Andor visited Bódvalenke, Hungary to celebrate the International Romani Day on 5 April.
Divergence continues to increase across Member States, translating into persistently growing labour market and social challenges, marked by ever higher unemployment at EU level, according to the March edition of the EU Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review.
The European Commission has presented a proposal for a Council Decision authorising EU countries to ratify the International Labour Organisation 2011 Convention concerning decent work for domestic workers (Convention No. 189).
In Rotterdam today, Commissioner Andor visited the Youth Desk (Jongerenloket), a project funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) through which young people can access all the city's relevant youth-focused services.
The European Commission has proposed operational rules to implement the Youth Employment Initiative to combat youth unemployment.