Magazine article European Social Policy

Tripartite Social Summit : Summit Expresses Determination to Stick to Climate Change Plans

Magazine article European Social Policy

Tripartite Social Summit : Summit Expresses Determination to Stick to Climate Change Plans

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The issue of how to combine the problematic economic situation with measures to combat climate change topped the agenda of the tripartite social summit on the first morning of the EU Summit on 15 October in Brussels. Despite the financial crisis, participants remained determined to get more green jobs' and a low-carbon economy. "Neither the EU nor the rest of the world could afford a climate crisis on top of the financial crisis," read the European Trade Union Confederation's (ETUC) press release.

A hot topic on the summit'saagenda was the impact of the financial crisis on the real economy': jobs and growth. The EU's Employment Commissioner Vladimir Spidla said: "The impact will be different for all sectors and regions."aEuropean Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said that "in the current financial crisis, Europe is showing its capacity to act together to secure the sustainable future of our financial and economic system to protect our citizens".

The Commission, the presidency, employers and trade unions were still ready to live up to a climate friendly and low-carbon economy, a commitment made by the member states at the EU Summit of March 2007. France's Prime Minister Francois Fillon, who chaired theasocial summit with Barroso, said that there would be no cutting back on climate change plans.

Spidla said that he understood but did not share the concerns of workers about the restructuring of labour markets: "These structures will indeed create losses of jobs in some sectors and regions. …

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