In preparation for the summit of Heads of State and Government planned for October 23rd, the President of the Commission, José Manuel Barroso, the EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, László Andor, the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy and the Deputy Prime Minister of Poland Waldemar Pawlak met European workers' and employers' representatives at the bi-annual Tripartite Social Summit.
Discussions focused on the current economic and employment situation in Europe and the key policy responses required for a sustained recovery, as well as the important role of the social partners in EU governance.
The meeting showed a broad consensus on the importance of close cooperation between EU institutions, governments and social partners at all levels. Participants have acknowledged the need to strengthen mutual trust and promote a growth pattern that ensures the long-term economic and social development of the EU.
The key role of social dialogue in sustaining recovery and structural change was highlighted, as well as the need to involve the social partners in the national reform programmes implementing the Europe 2020 objectives.