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The minister took part in the informal EPSCO Council meeting

Yolanda Díaz proposes quality employment strategies to exit the crisis and move towards more social Europe

Monday 22 February 2021

The meeting served to discuss the transition towards the recovery from the crisis caused by the pandemic, which involves the commitment to strengthen the European social dimension through the Action Plan of the European Pillar of Social Rights.

Yolanda Díaz stated that "after two serious crisis in a row, each one addressed with a different remedy, we know that neither austerity nor the degradation of working conditions create jobs", she underlined.

As regards employment, the new challenges to modernise and digitalise the job market must be addressed through a new generation of active employment policies aimed at the creation of decent jobs based on social dialogue. The evaluation of these policies will allow their efficacy to be enhanced.

New generation of employment policies

The Minister for Work and Social Economy explained that her department is designing "a new generation of active employment policies that prioritise stability, training and strengthen local and effective services".

Public employment services must become more efficient, and hence Yolanda Díaz stressed that "the quality of employment strategies requires a firm commitment to the evaluation of programmes. Spain supports the approval of an action plan with clear and quantifiable goals, which will allow the European Social Pillar to be developed.

Quality employment makes companies more stable, improves working conditions and leads to stronger economies, which enhances training and co-responsibility, thus strengthening the real economy.

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