European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

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The Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion is the member of the European Commission. The current commissioner is Marianne Thyssen.

The portfolio is responsible for matters including those relating to employment, discrimination and social affairs such as welfare.

Current commissioner[edit]

Commissioner Špidla was approved by the European Parliament in 2004, the position had been expanded to include equal opportunities since the Prodi Commission. Špidla states his desire to preserve the European social model. To do so Europe needs to preserve its "core values of social justice, equality, respect for rights and dignity for every individual."[1]

His key policies are to "create more and better jobs," "reap the benefits of its enlargement," "address the impact of demographic ageing" and "promote an inclusive society."[2] He has also created a European Globalisation adjustment Fund (EGF) similar to the European Social Fund to help businesses adjust to the effects of globalisation.[3]

List of commissioners[edit]

Name Country Period Commission
1 Lionello Levi Sandri  Italy 1967–1970 Rey Commission
2 Albert Coppé  Belgium 1970–1973 Malfatti Commission, Mansholt Commission
3 Patrick Hillery  Ireland 1973–1977 Ortoli Commission
4 Henk Vredeling  Netherlands 1977–1981 Jenkins Commission
5 Ivor Richard  United Kingdom 1981–1985 Thorn Commission
6 Peter Sutherland  Ireland 1985–1989 Delors Commission I
7 Vasso Papandreou  Greece 1989–1992 Delors Commission II
8 Pádraig Flynn  Ireland 1993–1999 Delors Commission III, Santer Commission, Marín Commission
9 Anna Diamantopoulou  Greece 1999–2004 Prodi Commission
10 Vladimír Špidla  Czech Republic 2004–2010 Barroso Commission I
11 László Andor  Hungary 2010–2014 Barroso Commission II
12 Marianne Thyssen  Belgium 2014 onwards Juncker Commission


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