Social Platform calls for a switch from emergency measures to a sustainable and inclusive long term plan
At the Council meeting of June 28-29, the European heads of state and government will discuss emergency measures to respond to a second major bank crisis and they will adopt the Country Specific Recommendations for 2012, against the background of economic governance of Europe.
In a letter sent to the heads of state this week, we are calling on member states to switch from emergency measures with damaging social consequences to a sustainable and inclusive long term plan for an economy that responds to the needs of the EU population.
Our three main concerns are:
For a better Europe, we want member states to:
A. Invest in a Social Pact in the economic governance that will support an inclusive growth with quality jobs, adequate social protection systems and accessible public services and ensure reduced poverty and social exclusion. The Social Pact will provide the missing link between poverty reduction and social inclusion, sustainability and growth and should at least comprise actions to:
B. Involve citizens and civil society organisations at local, regional, national and European level in the decision making process of the economic governance and the implementation of the Europe 2020 Strategy in order to give a voice to those who are directly impacted by budget and fiscal consolidation. Their involvement will help to reduce the current democratic deficit of the European governance.
You can read our full letter here.