On June 3-4, 2013 the Second G20 Task Force on Employment (ETF) Meeting was held in Saint Petersburg.
The participants discussed the preparatory process for the G20 Labour Ministers' Meeting, scheduled for July 18-19, 2013. The Ministerial Meeting is traditionally preceded with Ministers' meeting with the social partners, during which the representatives of business community and labour unions share their vision of the policy priorities in the spheres of employment and labour market development.
At the Second ETF Meeting the social partners presented their positions on the main topics and issues to be considered during the forthcoming G20 Labour Ministers meeting with the social partners, and discussed their proposals with the Task Force members. The Task Force also discussed draft reports, prepared jointly with the international organizations, to be further presented to the Labour Ministers, as well as other draft papers for the Ministerial Meeting.
One of the main issues on the ETF Meeting agenda was preparation for the Joint G20 Finance and Labour Ministers' Meeting, scheduled for July 19, 2013. Meeting in such a format was convened for the first time in the G20's history, being an important innovation of the Russian Presidency. Its viability is suggested by the G20 members' decisiveness to deliver integrated labour market policy commitments, including not only employment policy, but also stimulating job creation through investment and development of financial institutions defining the investment climate in the G20 countries.
As part of preparatory process for the Joint Finance and Labour Ministers' Meeting, the meeting of heads of the ETF delegations and Deputy Finance Ministers will be held on June 5. The discussion will be focused on draft G20 Finance and Labour Ministers' Statement.