Success of the Europe 2020 strategy depends on more social, democratic and participative economic governance
Brussels, July 11: Social Platform has long been calling for a more social, democratic and participative economic governance and Europe 2020 strategy. Tomorrow the informal meeting of ministers for employment and social policy will take place in Nicosia, Cyprus, under the new Presidency.
The Cypriot Presidency itself has highlighted that â€˜the success of the Europe 2020 Strategy depends on the involvement of Social Partners, NGOs and Local Authorities both at European level in the monitoring of the implementation of the strategy and throughout the process of the European Semester but also at national level, in the formulation and implementation of the National Reform Programmes.â€™ Therefore the Presidency has dedicated most of the Informal Meeting to these important discussions.
Conny Reuter, President of Social Platform stated â€˜over the last two years, EU priorities have been driven purely by austerity measures and fiscal consolidation. It is now clear that this approach has does not work and totally undermines democratic legitimacy. The only way forward for the EU is to invest in a Social Pact in the economic governance for inclusive growth and to ensure that economic and social priorities are not taken by the Commission and heads of government aloneâ€™.
A delegation from Social Platform is attending the informal EPSCO to contribute to these important discussions with three key messages.
1.Invest in a Social Pact to ensure an â€˜inclusiveâ€™ growth responding to the deteriorating and worrying social situation in Europe. This Social Pact should be given the same prominent priority as the current economic policies. The Social Pact will support an inclusive growth with quality jobs, adequate social protection systems and accessible public services that ensure poverty reduction and social inclusion.
2.There is neither social nor civil dialogue at EU level on the decisions taken in the economic governance and the Europe 2020 strategy. In order to respond to this failure, we call for a strengthened democratic debate and involvement of the European Parliament, national parliaments, local and regional authorities, civil society and social partners. Decisions with such consequences on the population cannot be taken by the Commission and heads of government alone.
3.Social non-governmental organisations are barely involved in implementation the Europe 2020 Strategy and in the European Semester. We call on you to involve 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.
For our full contribution to the informal EPSCO council please see here