EU-Asia Dialogue: CESI contributes to social cohesion debate

13 Nov 2014, keywords :

Last week (3-4 November) CESI took part in a conference on Social Cohesion and Migrants’ Integration in Singapore, as part of project on EU-Asia dialogue.

EU-Asia Dialogue: CESI contributes to social cohesion debate

The project on Shaping a Common Future for Europe and Asia, implemented by the Konrad Adenauer Siftung foundation, aims to enhance the exchange of information and understanding between policymakers, NGO’s and researchers from Europe and Asia.

CESI was represented in Singapore by Employment and Social Affairs Commission President, Maria Geada Seoane. During the conference CESI stressed the importance of investing in people, meaning more jobs and higher quality jobs, a more equal and inclusive society and fighting poverty and precarious work. To achieve these, the social dimension must be at the forefront of policymaker’s minds in Europe.

With regards to social dialogue, Ms Geada also underlined the need for full and effective information and consultation of all workers, including public sector workers, both on a national and European level. These are fundamental rights and crucial tools to secure a genuine social dimension.

CESI representative highlighted its own policy priorities areas such as ensuring trade union pluralism, fighting discrimination in the workplace, protecting Services of General Interest and promoting investment in the public sector and public sector workers.

From the conference it is clear in many respects that Europe and Asia are facing similar problems, with both continents aiming to achieve a social AAA rating.

The report from the conference will soon be available. Please click here to view the 2013 report.

The “EU-Asia Dialogue”-project is co-funded by the European Union and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) of Germany with funds originating from the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation an Development. All activities are implemented by the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation, the East Asian Institute of the National University of Singapore, the European Policy Centre in Brussels and the European Union Centre in Singapore.