EU leaders and social partners have agreed this morning on the urgent need to stimulate investment and create more jobs in order to meet the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, the EU's long-term growth and jobs plan.
During the twice-yearly Tripartite Social Summit ahead of the European Council today, workers' and employers' organisations (the social partners) joined the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso and the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, in agreeing on the need to pursue reforms to support a long-term recovery. They also discussed the EU's economic governance in general.
László Andor, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, and Giuliano Poletti, Italian Minister of Labour and Social Security, also contributed to the debate.
The talks also focused on promoting a job-rich recovery, namely on ways to foster youth employment, and the social partners’ key role in this, as well as their importance in designing and implementing reforms at European and national level.
The Tripartite Social Summit meets twice a year, ahead of the spring and autumn European Councils. It is an opportunity for an exchange of views between European employer and employee representatives (the social partners), the Commission, EU Heads of State and Government, and Employment Ministers from the countries holding the current and future Council Presidencies.
The EU-level employer and employee representatives are: the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC); BUSINESSEUROPE; the European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public services (CEEP); and the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (UEAPME).