The Commission is organising a major conference on employment policy.
It will build on the Employment Package put forward by the Commission on 18 April and on the outcomes of the 2012 European Semester,in order to explore new dimensions of employment policy, notably regarding the functioning of European labour markets, wage developments, flexicurity in a crisis context, and inequalities.
The conference will be addressed, among others, by the Commission President, José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, the President of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy and the Secretary-General of the OECD, Angel Gurria. Keynote speeches will be given by the Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Monti, and 2010 Nobel Prize laureate, Christopher Pissarides.
The conference will be structured around five main topics:
■Building a dynamic European labour market: transitions, human capital investment, mobility
■Impact of the crisis on employment: "programme countries", wages, jobless households
■Sectors with high job-creation potential: green economy, white coat jobs, information and communication technologies (ICT)
■Employment policy throughout the life cycle: youth, gender & work-life balance, active ageing
■Pathways to full employment: job guarantee, social economy, welfare to work