- Ensuring that employment and social policy are at the centre of the European Semester for economic policy coordination by working in full partnership with EU countries and social partners to create good jobs, and modernise labour markets and social protection systems
- Promoting the free movement of workers so that people can take up vacant jobs in other EU countries and employers can adequately fill vacancies, while supporting national authorities to resolve abuses or fraudulent claims
- Contributing to the growth and investment package and funding initiatives that support access to the labour market, in particular by promoting vocational training and lifelong learning to strengthen skills and by implementing the Youth Guarantee Scheme to help young people find decent jobs
- Ensuring decent and safe working conditions and equal opportunities for all on the labour market
- Stepping up the struggle against inequality and poverty
- Ensuring that all Commission proposals and activities take the impact on employment and social issues fully into account and contribute to a deeper and fairer Economic and Monetary Union
- Contributing to the effectiveness and fairness of the EU’s social market economy by building on the specific responsibilities attributed to me and fully harnessing all EU instruments
- Responsible for the statistical office of the European Union (Eurostat)
Marianne Thyssen is part of the following Project Teams:
- Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness
- Euro and Social Dialogue
- Digital Single Market
- Energy Union
- Better Regulation and Interinstitutional Affairs
- Budget and Human Resources
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- Information on missions of Commissioner Thyssen
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Belgian nationality. Married.
European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility
- 2014 - present
Party leader of CD&V (Flemish Christian-Democratic party)
- 2008 - 2010
First Vice-President of the EPP Group in the European Parliament
- 2004 - 2009
Head of the Belgian delegation of the EPP Group in the European Parliament
- 1999 - 2014
Member of the European Parliament
- 1991 - 2014
First Alderman in Oud- Heverlee
- 2001 - 2008
Municipal councillor in Oud-Heverlee
- 1995 - 2008
Acting Secretary-General of Unizo, the Belgian representative SME organisation
Director of the Unizo research department
- 1988 - 1991
Legal advisor to W. Demeester, State Secretary for public health and disability policy
- 1986 - 1988 (part-time)
Legal advisor at Unizo and Markant, the women’s network (both part-time)
- 1980 - 1988
Research assistant, Faculty of Law, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Master's degree in law, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven