Social Platform calls for a social pact to counterbalance the social consequences of fiscal consolidation and austerity measures
European Summit March 1-2 2012
Social Platform called on the heads of state to commit to the integration of a social pact in the European economic governance in order to counterbalance the negative social consequences of austerity measures and fiscal consolidation. Two years of austerity measures and fiscal consolidation has led the EU away from its main objective â€śto promote peace, its values and the well-being of its peopleâ€ť as set out in the Treaty of the European Union (article 3).
Conny Reuter, President of Social Platform, stated â€śThe overall economic orientation of the EU, and its resulting social consequences, has created great concern about the priorities of the EU, now is the time to address these issues. We need a binding social pact, with concrete actions to be implemented in the next 12 months. These actions should protect the vulnerable and support the employment of young people, and other key target groups, with difficulty in accessing sustainable, quality employment, and social services. This pact is a necessary stepping stone to achieve social and sustainable growth.â€ť
Social Platformâ€™s call is further supported by:
As a starting point for developing a social pact, actions should include:
Social Platform also reiterates its opposition to the new intergovernmental Treaty on stability, coordination and governance in the economic and monetary union that will be signed at the European Summit.