Social Policy for a Sustainable and Fair Recovery

Mark Dempsey15th May 20201min
European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, explored the social impact of COVID-19, the challenges of Europe’s post-COVID recovery, and the measures being developed by the EU to protect jobs and livelihoods.

About the Speech:

In his address to the IIEA, Commissioner Schmit reflected on the employment and social measures agreed at EU level to protect those most at risk of detrimental social and employment conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. He outlined some of the Commission’s longer-term proposals to support a fair and sustainable recovery with people at its centre, including those to tackle youth unemployment, fight poverty, and invest in workers’ skills for a greener and more digitalised future. Finally, he reflected on plans for the further implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights, proclaimed in 2017, and for which the Commission will present a new Action Plan in 2021.

This event is part of our Future of the EU27 Project, supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

About the Speaker:

Nicolas Schmit took office as European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights in December 2019. Prior to this, he served as a Member of the European Parliament elected in May 2019. From 2009 to 2018, Commissioner Schmit was Minister for Labour and Employment in the Government of Luxembourg. This appointment followed a long career in Luxembourg’s public service, including roles as Minister Delegate for Foreign Affairs and Immigration, and Permanent Representative of Luxembourg to the EU. Commissioner Schmit holds a Doctorate in International Economic Relations from the University of Aix-Marseille.