Active labour market policies aim to improve the functioning of the labour market, notably by matching the unemployed or those with difficulties in the labour market to vacancies or jobs or by enhancing their employability with a view to future employment. However, during the crisis job creation and active labour market policies were largely affected by austerity measures.
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On 28 February 2013, the Workers' Group organised an extraordinary meeting in Brussels. The morning session was devoted to internal matters. During the afternoon, there was a discussion on the theme "Employment and economic performance of the agri-food sector in the countries of the European Union".
The last few months have seen the reconsideration of issues about nuclear safety and nuclear’s long-term contribution to the EU’s energy mix. The EESC and the European Commission are therefore organizing an open, balanced and exploratory process of dialogue and debate for all stakeholders in civil society.
The workshop is the follow up of the petition and the first step towards an initiative aiming to fill the gap between the Directives 2004/54/EC (on road tunnels) and 2008/96/EC (on road safety audits and inspections). A constructive informal discussion and concrete measures as a way forward are expected.
During the meeting, the Commission representatives (DG TRADE) provided information concerning implementation of the EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and its trade and sustainable development chapter. The EU DAG discussed also and adopted its two opinions foreseen for presentation at the EU-Korea Civil Society Forum: on implementation of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions and on green economy and free trade. Moreover, the EU DAG discussed and adopted its work programme for the years 2012-2013.
This hearing is part of the work on the opinion on "Manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products". Speakers will include representatives from the Tobacco industry, civil society organizations on public health, European Commission and European Parliament representatives. The results of the hearing will provide important input to the further work of the EESC study group on this topic.
The aim of this high-level public hearing is to encourage a frank debate on the way ahead for the eurozone and the European Union as a whole. With the participation of Mr Olli Rehn, Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the euro.
The objective of the meeting is to access the development of the Northern Dimension initiative in particular in the field of transport and logistics, environment and culture and to increase public awareness regarding civil society participation in this initiative.
487th plenary session with the participation José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, on Wednesday 13, Lucinda Creighton, Irish Minister of State for European Affairs, on behalf of the Presidency-in-Office of the Council of the EU, and Vitor Constâncio, Vice-President of the European Central Bank, on Thursday 14.
This hearing's conclusions will feed directly into the study group work on the Committee's opinion on 'Rethinking education'.