I am convinced that this Platform can play a key role to fight this harmful form of social dumping, thus protecting decent standards for workers, fair play for business and everyone's equitable contribution to public budgets.
The new Healthy Workplaces Campaign will provide workers and employers with simple and practical tools to deal with psychosocial risks and will raise awareness of the positive effects of prevention in this field. I extend my warmest wishes to the Agency for its success with this new Campaign.
Providing adequate livelihoods through minimum income support and enabling services with a focus on returning to work and society is essential for a socially inclusive Europe.
Lack of progress on Europe 2020 targets should prompt EU leaders not to water down or abandon the Strategy as such, but to step up the policy response. The review of Europe 2020 should be connected with the reconstruction of the EMU.
We have worked hard over the past two years to implement the White Paper's actions aimed at a better balance between time spent in work and retirement, but we are definitely not there yet.
The European Union’s social market economy has always sought to reconcile protection of workers and their rights with economic freedoms. We can only say that the Single Market serves well the European nations if we can improve economic performance and social cohesion at the same time.
I have spoken to you today because I wanted to present an objective and factual overview of free movement within the EU. Because I firmly believe that the debate on labour mobility should be based on facts rather than perceptions.
Schemes and programmes for youth employment today across Europe are almost universally weak in reaching out effectively to young people who are neither in employment, nor in education or training. With the Youth Guarantee we aim to change this.
Labour mobility within the European Union has existed for more than fifty years but in recent months has become the subject of much controversy, as I am sure you have noticed.
The ESF plays a fundamental role in the development of human capital and thereby in strengthening the competitiveness of the European workforce and of the European economy. Each year the ESF helps over 15 million people to upgrade their skills, facilitates their integration into the labour market, combats social exclusion and poverty and enhances the efficiency of public administration.