13 Apr 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 13 MARCHBrussels Daily
Commission launches debate on global food security for EXPO 2015
The Commission has today launched an online consultation on how science and innovation can help the EU ensure safe, nutritious, sufficient and sustainable food globally. The discussion is linked to the theme of this year’s Universal Exhibition EXPO2015 “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” and marks the EU’s first contribution to the event, which will take place between May and October in Milan, Italy. Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, and responsible for the Joint Research Centre as the coordinator of the EU’s participation in EXPO2015, today officially opened the online consultation at an event in Brussels together with Franz Fischler, Chairman of the EXPO 2015 EU Scientific Steering Committee. On the occasion, Commissioner Navracsics said: “The European Union has a vital role to play in tackling the challenges associated with food and nutrition security and sustainability. Expo 2015 offers us a great opportunity to showcase what the EU is already doing in this field. I hope it will also breathe new life into our efforts and further foster international collaboration. I commend the work of the Joint Research Centre and look forward to working on these issues closely with my colleagues in charge of agriculture, health, research, environment and development.” Read the press release here and the paper here.
Employment and social situation in Europe: Quarterly review shows a broadening recovery amidst widespread challenges
The economic situation in the EU has improved continuously for nearly two years and the recovery has extended to most Member States, with steady improvements in employment in most sectors. The latest Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review highlights significant positive trends, such as the continuous fall in unemployment, the increase in permanent and full-time contracts, the decline in youth unemployment and for the first time since the onset of the crisis the decline also in long-term unemployment. However, considerable challenges remain, with still high levels of unemployment and significant differences across Member States. Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility Marianne Thyssen, commented: “This review reflects many encouraging signs in the labour market. 2.7 million jobs were recovered over the past two years. Nevertheless, there are still more than 23.8 million unemployed, including 12 million people who have been in this situation for more than a year, and every fifth young person on the labour market is without a job today. Creating jobs and boosting growth is at the core of the Commission’s priorities: efforts initiated by the Investment Plan for Europe and the Youth Employment Initiative will be pursued further this year by dedicated initiatives on addressing long-term unemployment and facilitating labour mobility“. Read the press release here.
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