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We need to send a clear message about putting job creation and labour activation — in particular for young people — and the employment and social dimension high up the agenda at the forthcoming St Petersburg Summit of G20 leaders.
What is needed in many Member States is to create and develop a true performance culture that leads to the use of evaluation evidence at all stages of the policymaking process, from design through implementation to the monitoring of effectiveness. Only if we manage to get this culture change going will we be able to convincingly argue that the ESF is a legitimate and necessary use of European tax payers' money.
Joint speech with Commissioner Vassiliou at the launch of the European Alliance for Apprenticeships, Leipzig, 2nd July 2013.