Churches discuss European Employment Policies with the EU Commission
Dialogue Seminar on “Flexicurity from a Values Perspective”
A Dialogue Seminar on employment policies in the European Union will take place on 28 February 2008 at the European Commission in Brussels. It is co-organised by the European Commission together with the Church & Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the Secretariat of the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community (COMECE).
The Churches in Europe are concerned about the increasing segmentation of the labour market, with more and more precarious employment situations and the growing marginalisation of specific groups, such as long term unemployed, less skilled people or people with a migration background. The European Commission recently initiated a modernisation of European employment policies with a mutually supportive combination of security and flexibility, called “flexicurity”.
The Dialogue Seminar will discuss the European Union’s “flexicurity” concept from a values perspective, bringing into the debate the experiences of churches and church-related organisations, which are actively involved in the provision of social services, vocational training or active employment measures.
The Dialogue Seminar is taking place shortly before the Spring European Council, which is meant to take decisions on the implementation of Member States’ employment policies. Keynote speakers at the Dialogue Seminar are Members of the European Commission Ján Figel and Vladimír Špidla, MEP Jacek Protasiewicz, Representative of the Slovenian Presidency Božica Matič, Bishop Ludwig Schwarz (Linz, Austria) and Dr. Gerhard Wegner (Professor at the EKD Institute for Social Studies).
Dialogue Seminars have a longstanding tradition in the cooperation between the European Commission and the Churches in Europe. Since their beginning in the early 1990s, they have proved to be a significant discussion forum for matters of common concern. They represent an important element of the open, transparent and regular dialogue between the European Commission and the Churches in Europe.
Annex: Preliminary programme of the Dialogue Seminar
A final press release will be available after the event