Europe 2020 and inclusive growth: beyond 100 days

11 June 2010

László Andor Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, said the first 100 days had been turbulent as the economic and financial crisis had hit society hard. But they had forced policy-makers to reflect on future economic and social model as there are a number of challenges to be met: high unemployment, particularly among young people; the strain on public finances; equipping the EU labour force with new skills; and demographic changes.

The Well-being 2030 project, co-funded by the European Commission, examines the policy choices necessary to improve people’s quality of life, while Europe 2020 is an ambitious, yet realistic strategy that attacks the root causes of the crisis and lays the foundations for safeguarding our future well-being.

The European Commission has three flagship initiatives: ‘An agenda for new skills and jobs’; ‘European platform against poverty’, and ‘Youth on the move’, which aim to improve education, lifelong learning and skills acquisition and help people to get back into the job market and out of poverty.

A thorny challenge is to make pensions sustainable in line with the demographic changes, and the Commission is preparing a Green Paper on adequate, sustainable and safe pensions. The Commissioner has started work on two “hot potatoes”: the Working Time Directive and the Posting of Workers Directive. Other areas of work include the mid-term review of the health and safety strategy, a proposal on electromagnetic fields, and another on the future of financial instruments.