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Juncker: The economic crisis in Europe will not be over until it reaches full employment

Thursday 09th Jun 2016 (Latest News, Europe and Central Asia, Employment)

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told delegates to the 105th International Labour Conference that in a time of crisis and threats to European solidarity, Europe must be able to accommodate those who seek its help and protection, and remain committed to the fundamental rights of workers under the ILO conventions. Juncker also told delegates that while Europe was in better shape economically today, the crisis will not be over until Europe reaches full employment.

Duration:                                00:02:54

Location:                                UN Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

Production date:                     9 June 2016

Audio:                                      nat sound

Rights:                                     All ILO audio-visual material is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 IGO license:

Video type:                             B-roll

Keywords:                              European Commission, European Union International Labour Conference, employment, International Labour Organization, social dialogue


00:00 – 00:37

President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker arrives at ILO is greeted by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General.   Juncker signs ILO golden book as honoured guest.   Jucker and Ryder walk side by side at ILO.   Photo opp in front of ILO flag. 

00:37 – 1:13

President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker arrives at the Palais des Nations and shakes hands with Michael Møller, the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva and Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General

01:13 – 01:33

Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General welcoming remarks (in English):

“The promotion of a high level of employment, the endeavour for the constant improvement of peoples’ living and working conditions, the guarantee of adequate social protection for all, and the fight against social exclusion are some of our common objectives”. 


01:33 – 01:53

President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker (in French):

„Il est temp que l’Europe obtienne le triple A social, dont nous sommes, il faut bien l’avouer, encore loin.   Les choses, oui il est vrai, vont mieux en Europe, d’un point de vue économique, mais la crise n’est pas terminée tant que nous ne serons pas revenus au plein emploi.“


English transation:

„It's time that Europe got a triple A rating for its social record, which we are admittedly still far from achieving.  While it's true that things are going better for Europe from an economic point of view, the crisis will not be over until we return to full employment.“



01:53 – 02:26

President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker (in French):

„Pendant toutes ces années de crise, la solidarité européenne a été mise à l’épreuve.  Et très souvent, l’Europe s’est repliée sur elle-même.  Mais l’Europe nombriliste, l’Europe qui se regarde, sans regarder les autres, n’est pas l’Europe dont je rêve. L’Europe, c’est une Europe qui doit être capable d’accueillir dans des conditions dignes ceux qui ont besoin de notre aide, voire de notre protection.“ 


English transation:

„During all these years of crisis, European solidarity has been put to the test.   And very often, Europe turned in on itself.   But a navel-gazing Europe, a Europe which is looking inwards rather than outwards is not the Europe I dream of.  This Europe is one that is capable of welcoming, in a dignified manner, those who need our help and our protection.“



02:26 – 02:48

President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker (in French):

Nous n‘abaisserons pas les normes européennes en matière de santé, de travail et d’autres principes qui nous tiennent à coeur, nous les sauvegarderons.  C’est pourquoi l‘accord avec les Etats-Unis devra contenir des engagements ambitieux sur tous les droits fondamentaux des travailleurs conformément aux conventions de l’OIT.“


English transation:

„We will not let standards slide on health, work and other principles that we hold dear, we will safeguard them.  That is why an accord with the United States must contain ambitious commitments on all fundamental rights at work, in line with ILO conventions..“



02:48 – 02:54

Jean-Claude Juncker seated during applause at end of speech



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