The European Commission organised a conference on working conditions on 28 April in Brussels to reflect on the results achieved and on the way forward.
Improving working conditions has been a long-standing priority for the EU institutions and over the last years several key initiatives have been taken. The financial and economic crisis has led to an increased pressure on employment and working conditions. Therefore, protecting and improving the quality of work appears even more critical to achieve more inclusive growth.
It is against this background that the conference took place. The event gave an opportunity to obtain feedback from stakeholders and engage with them in an open public debate about future priorities in different areas relating to working conditions.
The conference gathered the Commission, Ministers and senior officials from EU countries, representatives of EU institutions and bodies as well as of the ILO, representatives of employers and trade unions, academics and practitioners from all over the EU.
It pursued two main objectives:
The conference was organised around five main areas:
The conference ended with a closing session to share ideas on the way forward.