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Proposal for the joint report on social protection and social inclusion 2009. COM (2009) 58 final, 13 February 2009

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EN EN EN COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES Brussels, 13.2.2009 COM(2009) 58 final COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS Proposal for the Joint Report on Social Protection and Social Inclusion 2009 {SEC(2009) 141} EN 2 EN KEY MESSAGES from Member States' new National Strategic Reports (NSR) outlining strategies to promote the EU's common social objectives: • The EU can build on the values of solidarity that underpin its social policies and on progress in structural reforms to cushion the impact of the economic crisis and help recovery. Further strengthening the positive mutual interaction with action for growth and jobs is vital, notably by allowing social protection systems to fully play their role as automatic stabilisers. In order to address the negative impact on employment and social cohesion, long-term reforms need to be sustained while balanced with short-term measures aimed at preventing job losses and sustaining household incomes. Recent structural reforms in the field of social security have delivered results, bringing more people into employment, strengthening the incentives to work and the resilience of labour markets, prolonging working lives and enhancing economic growth. Valuable indications of this are provided by the European Economic Recovery Plan. • The European Social Fund should be used to its full potential in a flexible and timely way to alleviate the social impacts of the crisis, by supporting rapid labour market re-entry of the unemployed and focussing on the most vulnerable. Simplified implementation of Structural Funds and improved coordination with social policies will help. The Commission will issue a regular bulletin to monitor social trends. Reports from Member States could facilitate exchange of information and policy experiences in the Social Protection Committee.

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