As we underlined in the April Employment Package, employment is a driver of growth, not a by-product of growth. Smart fiscal consolidation, financial reform and combating tax avoidance are all important elements in Europe's efforts to get out of the crisis. But we will not get growth and stability without bringing more people into more productive work.
The employment potential of ICTs is endless and we have to do our best, together with businesses, governments, social partners, academia and all the stakeholders to harness it fully to enable businesses to create more jobs, ensure that workers, entrepreneurs and users acquire the right skills and the systems that facilitate supply and demand to meet are up and running.
Experience shows that only strong national political ownership, public awareness of the benefits of Roma inclusion, efficient local implementation, Roma participation at all levels and robust monitoring can bring results that we can build on.
Given our shared sense of the urgent need for action, we should send a clear message about putting the quality employment, in particular for youth, and the social dimension high up the agenda at the forthcoming Los Cabos Summit of G20 Leaders.
Az EU SBI kezdeményezése olyan ösztönző eszközöket kínál szociális vállalkozások alapításához es fejlesztéséhez, melyek - a társadalmi értékeket figyelembe véve - intelligens, fenntartható és inkluzív növekedést garantálnak. Az érdekeltek minél szorosabb együttműködése össztársadalmi szempontból hasznos tevékenységet eredményez, mely jó példával szolgálhat más vállalkozások számára.
I believe it is very important to warn policymakers in all Member States that we have to strengthen social protection systems. That we do not want to restore economic competitiveness simply by reducing wages, which undermine social stability in many countries.
Alongside medium-term fiscal consolidation, financial sector regulation and structural reforms, a broad European consensus is now emerging on the need to re-focus on the Growth Agenda.
As the International Labour Organisation (ILO) emphasised on Monday in its World of Work Report 2012, the employment slowdown we face is not a normal one. Clearly, the worsening situation partly reflects the predominant focus in the last two years on fiscal consolidation and internal devaluation, which has had a negative effect on aggregate demand. To move away from this "austerity trap", we need an alternative approach, a new jobs-centred approach.
The Employment Package identifies the most effective ways and tools for a job-rich recovery, and should be at the core of a future EU Growth Agenda to be discussed in the next weeks.