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Wednesday, 6 September 2000 - Strasbourg
Monitoring centre for industrial change

European Parliament resolution on a monitoring centre for industrial change

The European Parliament,

-  having regard to the Presidency Conclusions of the European Councils of 23 and 24 March 2000, and of 19 and 20 June 2000, and to its own resolutions thereon,

A.  whereas neither the European Council nor the Commission retained the idea of a Monitoring Centre on Industrial Change for the exchange of best practices for the management of change with the involvement of the social partners and enterprises in general,

B.  whereas the European Council instead stated that to achieve the new strategic goal no new processes were needed and that a fully decentralised approach based on subsidiarity will be applied,

C.  whereas the European Council set out various tasks both for the Council in its various formations and its subsidiary bodies (such as the High-Level Working Party on Social Protection), and for the Commission, including inviting the Commission to draw up an annual synthesis report on progress on the basis of agreed structural indicators,

1.  Endorses the position of the European Council and the Commission in not retaining the suggestion to set up a Monitoring Centre on Industrial Change;

2.  Considers that the European institutions are sufficiently well-equipped in their different ways to evaluate developments on the ground;

3.  Recognises the need to give attention to the propagation across the EU of best practices in matters such as the alleviation of the adverse effects of industrial change, preventing long-term unemployment, and on territorial employment strategies, and therefore invites the social partners jointly to develop the appropriate structure and organisation for this purpose;

4.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Commission, Council, the governments and parliaments of the Member States and the social partners.

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