Press release - 153(2009)

The Council of Europe engages in the drawing up of an action plan to ensure greater social cohesion

Moscow, 27.02.2009 – The Ministers responsible for social cohesion of the Council of Europe member states met in Moscow on 26 and 27 February and called on the 47-nationwide Organisation to draw up an action plan for social cohesion.

Some 30 Ministers, present at the conference, also committed themselves to:

    · promote social rights by ratifying the Council of Europe Revised European Social Charter, the European Code of Social Security and its Protocol and the European Convention on Social Security;

    · share responsibilities and strengthen social dialogue;

    · build confidence in a secure future for all by providing adequate social protection in the context of the present economic crisis and encouraging social mobility and employment.

The Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, addressed the conference and underlined the importance of a Europe with no dividing lines. "Lowering social standards or social dumping must not become an anti-crisis tool, because that does not only fail to improve the situation but makes it harder to return to stable economic development," said Prime Minister Putin.

The next Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Social Cohesion should take place in 2012, in Turkey.

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