Meeting of the Chairpersons of Social Affairs and Labour Committees will focus on unemployment in Europe and options for its reduction

08 November 2013, Last updated at, 12:42 EEST
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On 10–11 November, the meeting of the Chairpersons of the Committees on Social Affairs and Labour (hereinafter – ‘Meeting’), Employment Incentives to Implement the Europe 2020 Strategy, will take place at the Seimas. Representatives of EU Member States and candidate countries’ parliaments will participate. The Meeting’s focus is unemployment in Europe and options for its reduction.

On 3 March 2010, the European Commission adopted the communication EUROPE 2020 A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth (hereinafter – ‘Strategy'). One of the key goals of the communication is to ensure that in the EU at least 75% of those aged 20–64 are employed by 2020.

The Strategy’s employment issues had already been discussed during Hungary's Presidency, in the first half of 2011. The implementation of the Strategy in the EU Member States then began.

The Seimas Committee on Social Affairs and Labour initiates a further discussion on currently topical employment matters. The Meeting will cover the outlook for overall employment and youth employment support till 2020, the good practices for ways of youth employment support, and the balance between career and personal life as a prerequisite for gender equal opportunities in the labour market, etc.

The Meeting participants will be greeted by Loreta Graužinienė, Speaker of the Seimas, and Kristina Miškinienė, Chair of the Seimas Committee on Social Affairs and Labour. Algimanta Pabedinskienė, Minister of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania, László Andor, Member of the EC for Employment, Social Affairs, and Inclusion, Brigitte Van Der Burg, Chair of the Committee on Social Affairs and Employment of the Dutch House of Representatives, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Tarja Filatov, Chair of the Employment and Equality Committee of the Eduskunta, Parliament of Finland, Pierre Mairesse, Director-General of Directorate A, Directorate General for Education and Culture of the EC, Virginija Langbakk, Director of the European Institute for Gender Equality, and Juan Menéndez-Valdés, Director of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, will read reports.

The event should end with the adoption of the Meeting's Conclusions.

On 11 November, at 1.30pm, the Meeting participants' press conference will take place (at the Seimas Press Conference Hall, II palace).

The Meeting's programme and more information are available on the website of the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council Parliamentary Dimension,, and the event page.

The event will be broadcast live on the LRT Culture channel and the Seimas Live TV programme, and streamed on the Seimas website and the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council Parliamentary Dimension website.

On 11 December, at 7.50 a.m., Mrs Miškinienė will present the event on the LRT show Labas rytas, Lietuva (Good morning, Lithuania).


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