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11/03/2011 - Tripartite Social Forum on the implementation of the ‘New Skills and Jobs Agenda’

This first annual Tripartite Social Forum organised by DG Employment took place in the context of the ‘New Skills and jobs Agenda’ published on 23 November 2010. This conference aimed at enhancing the social partners’ participation of this Commission’s initiative to boost job growth in the EU. The conference was an opportunity for a comprehensive and interactive discussion with social partners’ and Member States’ representatives on the whole Agenda issues. While no formal conclusions were foreseen, the debate helped discussing the orientation and the implementation of this Agenda which requires a mix of EU policy instruments (including legislation, policy coordination and social dialogue), and contributed to the ongoing exchange of views on growth and jobs in times of budgetary consolidation, as well as on the role of social partners in the governance of the Europe 2020 Strategy. The forum included two sessions of two parallel workshops structured along the four priorities identified in the Agenda: flexicurity / skills / quality of work / job creation. The following subjects were presented and discussed:

  • Reducing (labour market) segmentation and supporting transitions through flexicurity
  • Equipping people with the right skills for employment
  • Improving the quality of work and working conditions
  • Supporting job creation