The meeting of the Employment Committee, held in Bucharest

The meeting of the Employment Committee (EMCO), the main advisory body in the field of employment for the ministers of labour, employment and social affairs in the Council for employment and social affairs (EPSCO), was held in Bucharest, in the context of Romania holding the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The informal meeting, attended also by the Director for Employment and Social Governance in the Directorate‑General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL) of the European Commission, Barbara Kauffmann, the Research Manager in Eurofound’s Working Life Unit, Isabella Biletta, and the Specialist Director in the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in Norway, Jiří Klaška, was opened by Mrs. Daniela-Lenuța Moroșanu, Deputy Secretary‑General of the Ministry of Labour and Social Justice.

“I wish to assure you that the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union will continue to make every effort to advance the topics in the field of Labour and Social Affairs at the European level. Citizens must remain in the central concerns of the European Union, and our actions must be achieved by ensuring a higher standard of living for them”, stated the Deputy Secretary‑General, Mrs. Daniela-Lenuța Moroșanu.

The Committee also discussed the conclusions of the Conference on “Labour mobility, a key element in ensuring the balance of labour market”, held in Bucharest on 2-3 Aprilie.

“The discussions scheduled for this meeting of the Employment Committee mainly deal with the way the European Pillar of Social Rights can be operationalized in concrete measures, especially from the perspective of labour mobility, the available financial support, the impact of technological progress on skills needs for the workforce. Your conclusions will certainly be addressed also in the next EPSCO Council, which is scheduled to be held next week in Bucharest”, conveyed the Minister of Labour and Social Justice, Marius Budăi.

The discussion topics focused on the intra‑EU labour mobility, the way in which the European Pillar of Social Rights can be operationalized in concrete measures, especially from the perspective of available financial instruments, the impact of labour shortages on labour markets in EU Member States and the impact of technological progress on skills needs for the workforce.