SPAIN - Employment and social policy ministers from European Union (EU) member states will meet today for a two day conference, with the future viability of European pensions systems and full employment top of the agenda.
The informal conference is being held in the Spanish town of Burgos. Its purpose is to discuss the strategies now being employed by the EU in the employment and social protection fields.
Those strategies were set out at the Lisbon EU council in March 2000, when ministers set a 2010 deadline for achieving both a viable European pensions system and full employment.
However, due to changes in economic outlook since Lisbon, the Spanish presidency says a re-examination of those strategies and their implementation is now required. Additionally, the presidency claims that the member states need to consider what new proposals can be included in the future to achieve the Lisbon goals.
Ministers and EU commissioners will be joined at the meeting by European-level representatives of the Social Partners, the European Parliament, and the chairmen of the Employment and Social Protection Committees of the European Union.
By Geoffrey Ho
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