Eurofound and the Greek Presidency of the EU
Greece holds the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first half of 2014. The priorities of the Greek EU Presidency, as presented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stress the importance of four key elements: growth-jobs-cohesion, further integration of EU-Eurozone, migration-borders-mobility, and maritime policies.
The Hellenic Presidency’s priorities reflect the needs and concerns of all European citizens: growth and jobs, with a focus on alleviating unemployment – particularly among the young – and boosting job-creating investments in the real economy; deepening European and Eurozone economic governance, which means working towards implementation of the agreement on the banking union and pursuing the European deposit guarantee scheme; and security of our common borders, including policies and initiatives for confronting illegal migration, as well as for promoting growth-oriented mobility within an area of freedom, security and justice.
Eurofound will work with the Greek government to bring new research findings, data and recommendations to European policymakers. Common priorities include:
- job creation – through the daily updating of its restructuring events database, restructuring in SMEs research and the European Jobs Monitor; See also our spotlight on employment in Europe
- youth and employment – with Eurofound work on youth and NEETs;
- social cohesion – with timely publications on active inclusion for young people with disabilities or health problems;
During the six-month period, Eurofound will contribute to a number of Presidency events, among which:
- European Youth Conference, Thessaloniki, 10-12 March 2014
- Informal meeting of the Social Protection Committee, tbc, 19-20 March 2014
- Conference on small- and medium-size businesses, Athens, 7-8 April 2014
- EMCO informal committee meeting, Athens, 14-15 April 2014
- EPSCO informal committee meetings (health, employment, labour), tbc, 28-30 April 2014
- Senior Labour Inspectors Committee (SLIC)/Greek thematic day: worker involvement in the management of OSH in SMEs, Athens, 26-27 May 2014
- OSH challenges and opportunities in times of economic crisis, Athens, 19-20 June 2014