EU employment and social policy ministers Meeting

EU employment and social policy ministers call for more inclusive labor markets for all generations

Today, a two-day informal meeting of EU ministers for employment and social policy ended in Brdo pri Kranju. The central theme was a resilient and inclusive labor market. The discussions were chaired by the Minister of Labor, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities Janez Cigler Kralj.

At the first session, the discussion focused mainly on policies that contribute to greater resilience of labor markets. Population aging, digitalisation and the transition to a climate-neutral economy, together with the consequences of the covida-19 crisis, are having a major impact on labor markets, social protection systems and the daily lives of all generations across Europe.

The Presidency believes that this challenge can be addressed by creating resilient and inclusive labor markets, which benefits individuals at all stages of life, businesses and society as a whole. We need public policies that put people at the forefront. We need measures that support people in the transitions throughout their working lives, that promote the creation of quality jobs and enable the integration of everyone into the labor market. Only then will our societies be more sustainable!

Janez Cigler KingMinister of Labor, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities

The Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Democracy and Demography Dubravka Šuica also took part in the discussion, saying that taking into account demographic trends such as population aging is key to responsible and responsive policy-making in democratic societies. “We will not be able to achieve our goals such as the green and digital transition, although they must be achieved if we do not take into account the third key transition: the demographic transition.”

On Friday, ministers discussed policies to ensure more inclusive labor markets. More inclusive labor markets for all generations, which support people during the transitional periods they face in their working lives, bring greater social well-being and promote productivity and competitiveness. They agreed that a series of measures are needed to improve diversity management in the workplace, prevent discriminatory practices and strengthen intergenerational cooperation.

European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights Nicolas Schmit emphasized that the action plan for the European Pillar of Social Rights is our response to resilience. “Strengthening the resilience of our labor markets requires: investment in people, adequate support services in the labor market and tailored social rules that ensure quality jobs, even in the new world of work. Strong social dialogue is key to the success of all three components. “

Representatives of other EU institutions, European social partners and European associations of non-governmental organizations also took part in the discussions. They called for a joint dialogue and emphasized that the provision of quality jobs is a shared responsibility of decision-makers, employers and workers.


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