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Implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights

Verantwortlicher Autor: Carlo Marino Rome, 25.06.2018, 16:37 Uhr
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Rome [ENA] While "populist leprosy" and agitated behaviour by heads of State is the frightful hobgoblin stalking throughout Europe, the 2019 European Union budget should contribute towards achieving the Europe 2020 targets in the social and employment area. These are farthest from being realized along with a successful implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights. And particularly when it comes to

combating youth and long-term unemployment, rising inequalities, social exclusion and poverty. In this regard, the 2019 budget cannot be understood outside the context of the 2014-2020 multiannual financial framework (MFF). A robust recovery and sustainable growth are key factors to generating decent jobs leading to quality employment, increasing shared prosperity and boosting upward social convergence. The European structural and investment funds should be directed more effectively towards creating employment, promoting inclusive growth, forwarding social and territorial cohesion, supporting structural reforms, diminishing inequalities, and promoting upskilling measures and life-long-learning.

It’s crucial and understandable to emphasize the importance of research and innovation for stimulating growth and job creation. There is the necessity to provide resources for combating poverty, child poverty in particular, and for supporting measures to address children’s basic needs, such as food supplies, housing, education and healthcare. Again it’s important to highlight the significance of an adequate funding for the programmes and initiatives within the 2014-2020 multiannual financial framework .

Those programmes and initiatives seek to address unemployment, poverty and social exclusion, and especially those aimed at the most disadvantaged in society, such as the European Social Fund (ESF), the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI), the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF), the various axes of the Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI), including supporting SMEs as a source of job creation, and the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD). One has to insist, therefore, that the resources of these programmes should be increased in real terms for the 2019 budget, or at least maintained at the levels of the previous year.

The budget lines supporting European social dialogue and measures for social partners are of major importance when it comes to strengthening social partners’ involvement, for example in the European Semester and the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights. Such funding is therefore essential. The lack of future opportunities for young people is a very real social emergency in some regions, which requires innovative and focused solutions, to be implemented rapidly, in order to bring tangible improvements in the short term. The 2019 budget, therefore, has to continue demonstrating great ambition to fight youth unemployment.

All the employment and social affairs agencies (Cedefop, ETF, Eurofound and EU-OSHA) dealing with a wide range of employment and social issues must be given the necessary financial and human resources to fulfil their respective accountabilities and ensure the best possible results in support of EU legislative and policy objectives. One ought to support also the creation of the European Labour Authority, expected to begin operating in 2019. An excellent 2019 European Union budget can stop the great stress which is exacerbating the relationships among EU member States.

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