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EU’s Tripartite Social Summit discussed growth and employment

16.10.2019 18.05
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The Tripartite Social Summit between EU institutions and European social partners met in Brussels on 16 October to discuss a competitive, fair and sustainable Europe.

The social summit was co-chaired by President of the European Council Donald Tusk, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and Finland’s Prime Minister Antti Rinne.

“The EU must become the world’s most competitive and socially fair low-carbon economy. To achieve sustainable growth, we must make future-oriented investments in skills, education and training and promote fairness and equality. This requires broad-ranging European cooperation. We need to understand that we cannot achieve economic sustainability without social and ecological sustainability,” Prime Minister Rinne commented on the summit discussions.

Climate, skills and industrial policy as topics

Discussions at the summit focused on three areas:

  • a just transition to a climate neutral economy
  • investing in skills and improving access to adult training
  • designing an industrial policy fit for the future

Introductions to the topics were given by the employment ministers of Finland, Croatia and Germany, as representatives of the current and next two presidencies of the Council of the EU, and by representatives of employees’ and employers’ organisations in the three countries.

The Tripartite Social Summit is a forum for dialogue between the EU institutions at president level and the European social partners at top management level. The summit preceded the European Council on 17 and 18 October.

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