The European Union – China Social Protection Reform Project (SPRP) organizes on 28 and 29 September 2016 in Beijing, Diaoyutai Hotel, a High Level Event on the Perspectives for Employment and Social Security Policies over the period 2016-2020. This period was chosen since it corresponds to that of the Chinese XIIIth Five-year Plan, and to the horizon retained by the European Union for its Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The Event, placed under the joint patronage of the European Union and of the National Development and Reform Commission of China, will gather over 50 representatives from the European Commission, 12 European member states and 3 international organisations with an equal number of Chinese academics and decisions makers involved in social security and employment policies, from Beijing and from a variety of Chinese provinces. Discussions will cover from both the Chinese and the European perspectives a number of sensitive issues dealing with the future of the macroeconomic situation as far as it affects the labour market, the effect of social security on employment promotion, its fairness, its redistribution effect and its impact on poverty alleviation. Eminent European and Chinese personalities will co-chair the five sessions, where in total 9 European and 11 Chinese communications will be submitted. The High Level Event aims to open the way for continued technical and policy dialogue between China and Europe on issues of employment policies and social security reform, which for both partners are key to a sustainable, human-centred, continued economic and social development.
The EU-China Social Protection Reform project started operations in China early in 2015, for a four years duration. Its European leadership is a consortium of public agencies dealing with social security in seven countries (Italy, France, Poland, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Romania and Spain). From the Chinese side, counterpart agencies are the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Civil Affairs. The project activities focus on social security reform policy, social security financing and social assistance under three coordinated components. Website : http://www.euchinasprp.eu