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Monday, November 27, 2006

EU-India: Agreement on employment and social affairs

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News The European Commission and the Indian Ministry of Labour and Employment today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen dialogue and exchange on employment and social affairs issues of common interest.

It follows a decision at the EU-India Summit in September 2005 to reinforce cooperation between the two partners, including in the area of employment and social policy. It will provide the framework to exchange ideas on areas such as social protection, social cohesion, labour legislation, employment, labour relations and social dialogue. The first exchange under the new agreement – a high-level joint seminar on skills, training and employment – kicks off today. The MoU comes at a time when both sides face up to the challenges linked to globalisation, from fostering economic growth and creating quality jobs to safeguarding social cohesion and sustainable development. Today's seminar will be followed by a similar event to be organised by the European Commission in Autumn 2007. A series of joint studies and exchange programmes for officials and social partners are also planned. The Memorandum of Understanding with India is part of a series of agreements for dialogue with third countries or regions (US, Japan, China; under development for Brazil and Mexico) aimed at developing the external dimension of the European Social Agenda. On the occasion of today’s seminar, Commissioner Špidla will also hold a series of bilateral meetings with Indian government, business and social partner representatives. For more information see also

Source :  European Commission




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