The European Social Model – a key driver for competitiv​eness

PPE - September 4, 2013 - 0 comments

european-parliamentFour EU agencies, Cedefop, EU-OSHA, ETF and Eurofound, are joining forces on 25 September 2013 to examine and highlight how each one, in its own unique way, is contributing to a strengthened European Social Model. The event will be held under the auspices of the European Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs Committee and will present the latest resolutions adopted by the Parliament in this field, as well as insights and work from the four agencies.

Assessing how exactly the European Social Model can contribute to increased competitiveness, the Agencies will provide different perspectives in the context of the current crisis. Considering the challenges for Europe’s businesses, workers and young people, the Agencies will present a multidimensional approach to a better and more sustainable future for the Europe of tomorrow.

The event will be hosted by the European Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs Committee and will present the latest insights and work from the four agencies. In addition, experts from the world of work, academia and politics will be invited to debate the latest trends and consider how the EU Social Model can and does contribute to the improvement of the current social and economic landscape, ensuring a sustainable and competitive future.

The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) will demonstrate how Europe must get the best out of its people in order to be competitive. Not only does this require education and training systems to focus on people’s skills, (key) competences and entrepreneurial spirit – but they also need an inbuilt capacity to respond rapidly to the changing needs of the labour market.

The European Training Foundation (ETF) will focus on the importance of the EU external relations context, providing clear evidence that improved education and training in the neighbouring countries of the EU enhance employability, competitiveness and entrepreneurship. The ETF will show how sustainable development through human capital development is essential for improved economic performance.

With the European Social Model at the very core of its work, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) will highlight its research in a range of key areas: labour market analysis – where the jobs have been lost and gained: how trends in working conditions and new ways of organising work can impact on productivity; measures to tackle the cost of youth unemployment; how public services are set to respond in times of crisis; the progress towards sustainable work and the key role of social dialogue in helping Europe on the path to recovery.

And finally, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) will convincingly demonstrate that at enterprise level, effective management of health and safety makes sound economic sense. Workplaces which are healthy and safe with motivated managers and workers who are involved are more productive, contributing to a sustainable strengthening of Europe’s competitiveness.

More details at EU-OSHA

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