Social Summit: Sarkozy offers ways to “protect jobs”

PARIS – Nicolas Sarkozy has proposed to the union and management representatives several “tracks” to “protect jobs” to take “immediate action” at the opening of the social summit at the Elysee Palace on Wednesday. The head of state also drew attention to the “partial activity” reorganization “training system” for employees and the unemployed, and the housing problem.

“Several tracks seem to me to explore,” he said, according to the text of his keynote address provided by the Elysee Palace.

The president first cited “partial activity” on which he was ready “to put additional resources.” “But I think we can also go further in terms of simplification of procedures, but also to enhance their content training for employees and their attractiveness to businesses,” he desired.

He then referred to the fight against the long-term unemployment and questioned “the organization of our education system, whether for employees or job applicants.”

Finally, the Head of State addressed the housing problem. “There is a lack of housing in France and the rise in their prices in recent years has been considerable. The government has not been idle: between 2007 and 2011, the number of housing built or acquired increased from 70,000 in 2007 to 133,000 in 2010 is almost double. We must be very bold to encourage housing production in France, with new drivers, “he said.

“The gravity of the situation requires us to make decisions,” he said.

On Wednesday morning Nicolas Sarkozy gathered at the Elysee Palace with representatives of five unions, three employers’ organizations and the Prime Minister and six ministers at the summit by the government social renamed “summit on the crisis.”

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