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Europe is working to reduce social inequality and consider it an essential element after the outbreak of Corona ... Learn about the details


On Saturday, the heads of state and government of the European Union pledged to reduce inequalities in the region and develop the European pillar of social rights, which they considered an "essential" component of the post-pandemic recovery.


"We are committed to reducing inequality, defending fair wages, combating social exclusion and tackling poverty," the 27-nation leaders affirmed in the Porto Declaration, which was adopted at the Social Summit that ended yesterday in Porto in their meeting, "La Pangordia" Spanish newspaper said.


In the same text, European leaders emphasized that they would "intensify their efforts to combat discrimination" and that they would work "actively" to bridge gender gaps in employment, wages and pensions, and to promote equality and justice for all women members of society. Likewise, they would prioritize measures to support young people "who have been affected in a very negative way by As a result of the Corona crisis, which severely disturbed their participation in the labor market, as well as their educational and educational plans.


The declaration also affirms that the European pillar of social rights is a "basic element of recovery" after the epidemic, adding that its implementation "will enhance the momentum of the Union towards a digital, green and fair transition, and will contribute to achieving social escalation. Economic convergence and addressing demographic challenges."


The European Pillar of Social Rights is a compilation of twenty principles on equal opportunity and access to the labor market, fair working conditions and social protection, but without concrete development, which was adopted at the Social Summit in Gothenburg (Sweden) in 2017.


In order to translate these principles into reality, the committee presented in March an action plan with three specific objectives and different actions that it will present in the coming years.


Goals up to 2030 include providing training to 60% of adults in the European Union and that at least 78% of people between the ages of 20 and 64 have a job.


In addition, it calls for reducing the number of people at risk of poverty in the community club by at least 15 million over the next decade.


They stated, "We are determined to continue to deepen the implementation of the European pillar of social rights at the national and European level, taking into account the relevant competencies and the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality," since social policy is in their hands from the member states.


The text adds that the committee's work plan provides "useful guidance" for developing the pillar in areas of employment, skills, health, or social protection.


Policies under review European leaders support Brussels to monitor progress in implementing the pillar during the European semester, which is the European Union's mechanism for coordinating the 27 social and economic policies.


They emphasized that "the social dimension, social dialogue and the active participation of social actors have always been at the heart of a highly competitive social market economy." In the context of the epidemic, they noted that "more than ever, Europe must be a continent of social cohesion and prosperity" and reaffirmed their commitment to work "for a social Europe".


 The statement added that with the acceleration of digital and green transformations, investments and reforms from the European Recovery Fund "will put the Union and its member states firmly on the path of reform towards a just, sustainable and resilient recovery."


The 27 are committed to placing education and skills "at the heart" of their political work, as well as to facilitate digital and green transitions. In addition, they welcome proposals by social agents to take into account alternative indicators of GDP to measure economic, social and environmental progress.


The Secretary General of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), Luca Vicentini, believes that this is "an important result and could be the beginning of a more just Europe." "But managing much-needed green and digital changes requires much more than just augmenting of skills training."


“It is necessary to prevent the creation of black jobs in Europe


European Union heads of state and government on Saturday pledged to reduce inequality in the region and develop the European pillar of social rights, which they saw as an "essential" component of recovery after the Coronavirus pandemic.


"We are committed to reducing inequality, defending fair wages, combating social exclusion and tackling poverty," the 27 meeting leaders affirmed in the Porto Declaration, which was adopted at the Social Summit that concluded today in the Portuguese city.


Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi criticized European politicians for growing social inequality in the European Union.


Italian news agency ANSA quoted Draghi as saying during a round table on the unemployment problem, today, Friday: "The European dream is that no one remains a loser ... Even before the pandemic, our societies and our labor markets were fragmented, if the talk was about inequality between generations, genders and regions." This is not the desired Italy and it is not the desired Europe. "


The Italian Prime Minister also referred to the unfairness of the "dual markets" system that threatens the interests of the two groups most at risk, namely the youth and women, stressing that the defects of social policies in the European Union greatly impede the development of the bloc as a whole.

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