Brussels, 28 October 2010
The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy and Belgian Prime minister Yves Leterme – for the Presidency of the Council – met this morning at the Tripartite Social Summit with the European workers' and employers' representatives. The summit focussed on the economic reform agenda and economic governance.. It debated how the Europe 2020 strategy could achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and employment and ensure social cohesion, equity and the upholding of the European social model. The prime ministers of the future presidencies Orbán and Tusk, Belgian Employment minister Milquet and László Andor, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion were also present.
President Barroso said: "Europe is re-injecting confidence in its capacity to redress our economy in a smart, sustainable and inclusive way. We have made great strides to reform financial supervision and regulation, we are putting in place a new economic governance and we adopted a common economic strategy that includes the re-launch of the Single Market as our most important engine for growth and jobs. Learning the lessons of the crisis has been possible only collectively, in close partnership between the institutions and with the European social partners. The Commission remains firmly committed to continue social dialogue to find the right solutions for our European model of society also in the future."
Addressing the European social partners, László Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion underlined: "The situation for young people and those trying to find a job is particularly severe. We need a collective response to get them back into work or find a first job. I am confident that if we can make today's political statements a reality and ensure a stronger social dimension to our efforts, we will make progress".
The European social partners (ETUC, BUSINESSEUROPE, CEEP and UEAPME) were generally supportive of the Commission's Europe 2020 strategy, economic governance reform and the ideas to re-launch the Single Market as an engine of growth and jobs and called for their continued implication in turning them into practice.. All agreed on the need for cooperation in implementing the Europe 2020 strategy, with a closer involvement of social partners and a strong social dimension in future EU policies.
The Tripartite Social Summit meets twice a year, ahead of the spring and autumn European Councils. It is an important opportunity for an exchange of views between the social partners, the Commission and the heads of government and employment ministers of the current and subsequent two Council Presidencies.
European social dialogue : http://ec.europa.eu/socialdialogue