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Commission proposes ideas to deepen social integration

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The Commission has today proposed to build on the rules under the European Semester to ensure there is a strong social dimension in the Economic and Monetary Union.

The European Commission has proposed to create a new scoreboard to allow for better and earlier identification of major employment and social problems in the framework of the European Semester, the EU's yearly economic policy-making cycle.

Further involving trades unions and employers at both the EU and national level in the definition and implementation of policy recommendations during the European Semester, making better use of EU and national budgets to alleviate social distress and removing barriers to job mobility are also proposals that feature in a Communication on the social dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), adopted by the European Commission today.

The Communication follows the Commission's Blueprint on a deep and genuine EMU, published in November 2012, and will feed into discussions on the future of the EMU at the European Council on 24-25 October.

President Barroso said: "The EU has taken giant leaps forward in terms of economic governance in the last five years, providing financial lifelines to many vulnerable Member States. From the start of the crisis, we have taken targeted action to deal with the social distress created in part of our societies. But the severity of the crisis, particularly in the euro area, has taught us that we need to work even more closely to heal the social scars it has left behind. This Communication is about building on the rules we have already put in place under the European Semester to ensure there is a strong social dimension in the way we run our Economic and Monetary Union. We owe that to the 26 million unemployed and the most deprived in our society."

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