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EU leaders and social partners debate next steps for Growth and Jobs

At today’s Tripartite Social Summit, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša – current President of the European Council – discussed with high-level employers’ and workers’ representatives the progress made under the EU’s Growth and Jobs Strategy. The leaders of EU institutions and social partners also addressed the priorities for the next three-year cycle of the Lisbon Strategy, the social consequences of climate change and energy dependency as well as topics on the social dialogue agenda for the coming months.

Vladimír Špidla, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities and representatives of the future French and Czech Council Presidencies also participated in the top-level meeting.

The European social partners (ETUC, BUSINESSEUROPE, CEEP and UEAPME) announced the agenda for social dialogue in the months to come. In particular, they committed themselves to “undertake joint action to better achieve the aims of the Parental Leave Directive”. This will be part of wider work on reconciliation touching also on other forms of leave for family reasons, working arrangements and care infrastructure.

As follow-up of their Joint Analysis of European labour markets published last October, the European social partners also announced that they will negotiate an autonomous agreement which will aim at “facilitating access to and progression in the labour market for disadvantaged groups through a series of preventative and curative measures including lifelong learning”.

Background
The Tripartite Social Summit meets at least once a year, ahead of the Spring European Council, in order to allow for an exchange of views between the social partners, the Commission and the Heads of Government and employment ministers of the current and the two following Council Presidencies (”troika”). The agenda is always closely linked to the items discussed later by the Heads of State and Government at their Spring meeting.

 
  Source:
Press Room - European Commission
 
  More information:
European Social Dialogue

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