The Commission held a major conference on employment policy, under the title "Jobs for Europe", on 6-7 September 2012.
The conference built on the Employment Package put forward by the Commission on 18 April and on the outcomes of the 2012 European Semester, but also on a series of conferences which the Commission organised during 2011 in order to explore new dimensions of employment policy, notably regarding the functioning of European labour markets, wage developments, flexicurity in a crisis context, and inequalities.
The conference was addressed, among others, by European Commission President, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, President of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy and future Director-General of the International Labour Organisation, Guy Ryder. Keynote speeches were given by 2010 Nobel Prize laureate Christopher Pissarides, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, and Italy's Minister of Labour, Social Policies and Equal Opportunities, Elsa Fornero.
The conference was structured around five main topics:
- Building a dynamic European labour market: transitions, human capital investment, mobility
- Impact of the crisis on employment: "programme countries", wages, jobless households
- Sectors with high job-creation potential: green economy, white coat jobs, information and communication technologies (ICT)
- Employment policy throughout the life cycle: youth, gender & work-life balance, active ageing
- Pathways to full employment: job guarantee, social economy, welfare to work.
Panels on ICT jobs and green economy were chaired by Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes and Commissioner Janez Potočnik respectively. Commissioner László Andor, the host of the conference, gave a dinner speech on 6 September.
- Statement by Rosen Plevneliev
- Statement by Vladimír Špidla
- Statement by Klaus Schwab
- Statement by John Monks
- Statement by Juan Somavia
- Statement by Ursula von der Leyen
- Statement by Emilie Turunen
- Statement by Jean-Dominique Senard
Twitter coverage with the hashtag #Jobs4Europe.
Speeches and presentations are also available from the conference programme.