The biggest challenge now facing Europe's economy is how to sustain the recovery that is now underway. This is the main message of the 2014 Annual Growth Survey (AGS). Its adoption kicks off the fourth European Semester of economic policy coordination in an environment where growth is beginning to return and Member States are making progress on correcting the imbalances that developed before the crisis.
The Workers' Group organised an extraordinary meeting in Athens on the occasion of the Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Among the themes discussed were the programme of the Greek presidency and the priorities of the Italian EU presidency that will follow. The second day was devoted to a discussion on the future of the democratic governance of the EU and the social impact of the Troika's role.
This conference of the Labour Market Observatory, hosted by CEDEFOP (European centre for the development of vocational training) has been an occasion to look at issues such as: the future skills supply and demand in Europe, the matching of skills and competences with the labour market needs, the need to increase synergies between the worlds of education and work, the recognition of qualifications and the enhancement of intra-EU mobility of workers.