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European Commission to host 1st ASEM Social Partners Forum

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Ajankohta: 30/06 > 01/07/2008
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"How to make globalisation a success for all? Social partner contributions to the ASEM process"

The European Commission will host the 1st ASEM Social Partners Forum (ASEM = Asia-Europe Meeting) on 30 June and 1 July 2008 in Brussels. This Forum, the first event ever of its kind, will bring together some 150 social partner representatives and experts from 43 Asian and European countries.

Participants will discuss ways for the EU and Asia and their social partners to contribute to a fair distribution of the gains of globalisation and improve living and working conditions at global level, including responses to continued financial market turbulences, increasing income inequalities and rising food prices.

European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Vladimír Špidla and Slovenian Minister for Labour, Family and Social Affairs, Marjeta Cotman will open the Forum on 30 June 2008; Belgian Foreign Minister, Karel De Gucht will address the Forum on the second day.

Journalists and observers are welcome to attend the plenary sessions on the first day of the Forum and the closing session on the second day.

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