Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights Nicolas Schmit is in India on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 July to attend the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meeting in Indore. On Thursday he will be in New Delhi and will meet with Suman Bery, Vice-Chair of Niti Aayog, the government’s public policy think-tank.
The Commissioner will then travel to Indore to participate in the opening session of the G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting. On Friday, the Commissioner will join ministers, the International Labour Organisation, the OECD and other international organisations, as well as several engagement groups for discussions focused around three main topics: addressing global skills gaps; adequate social protection and decent working conditions for workers in the gig and platform economy; and sustainable financing of social protection for all. This will be an opportunity for the Commissioner to highlight the work being done at EU level on all these areas, such as the European Skills Agenda and European Year of Skills, the proposed Directive on improving working conditions for people working through digital labour platforms; the Council recommendation on minimum income and active inclusion; and the recent report of the High-Level Group on the future of social protection and of the welfare state in the EU.
Commissioner Schmit will also hold bilateral meetings with Luiz Marinho, Minister of Labour and Employment of Brazil; Thulas Nxesi, Minister of Employment and Labour of South Africa; and Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State for Sustainability and the Environment of Singapore.