12 Feb 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 12 FEBRUARYBrussels Daily
Commissioner Marianne Thyssen on the future of the protection of social rights in Europe
Speaking at the Council of Europe conference on the future of the protection of social rights in Europe, Commissioner Thyssen said: “The Treaty on the European Union sets out that the Union shall work for ‘a highly competitive social market economy’. I am convinced that it is the best possible model to combine competitiveness and prosperity with a strong social protection and a high level of well-being. For me – and I can assure you for the entire Juncker Commission – strengthening the social market economy means: growth, jobs, skills and social protection. The crisis has disproportionally affected the weakest in our society: the low skilled, people with a migration background, women, ethnic minorities, disabled…. We must address the root cause of the problem. For me this means: creating sustainable growth and jobs, equipping people with the skills they need, promoting inclusive labour markets and high standards of social protection. These will not only benefit the people most directly concerned but also contribute in my view to cohesive, open and democratic societies. The Juncker Commission is determined to tie the social into the economic side of our social market economy to balance economic freedoms and social rights fairly. Economic growth can only be sustainable if it is truly inclusive.” Read full speech is available online.
Eurostat: Industrial production stable in euro area – Up by 0.1% in EU28 in December 2014 compared with November 2014
In December 2014 compared with November 2014, seasonally adjusted industrial production was stable in the euro area (EA18) and rose by 0.1% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In November 2014 industrial production grew by 0.1% in both zones. In December 2014 compared with December 2013, industrial production decreased by 0.2% in the euro area and increased by 0.3% in the EU28. The average industrial production for the year 2014, compared with 2013, rose by 0.6% in the euro area and by 1.0% in the EU28. Read full press release here