On Friday 17 November European leaders gathered in Gothenburg, Sweden, for the Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth. The meeting explored areas of improvement: fair and well-functioning labour markets, effective and sustainable social protection systems and expanding social dialogue. The Summit gathered heads of state and government and representatives from businesses and trade unions.
As a result of the summit, the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission proclaimed the European Pillar of Social Rights, a document that has been fully supported by ALDE Prime Ministers.
Prime Minister of Estonia, Jüri Ratas, who signed the document as Estonia currently holds the EU Presidency, commented: "We need to start future proofing our labour markets and society. People should feel safe, businesses grow and states become more efficient."
"Embracing new technologies will make some jobs fall by the wayside, but digitalisation has potential to open door to new, more fulfilling jobs and forms of work. No losers in the digital economy, only winners," he added.
Prime Minister of Denmark, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, said: "It is essential we deal with European legislation that our citizens perceive as unfair to maintain public support for the European Union." Reflecting on the importance of the Social Summit, Løkke Rasmussen wrote for POLITICO Europe: "I am very happy that all member countries share the vision of an open market economy combined with reliable social safety nets."
Happy to adopt the new European Pillar of Social Rights at #SocialSummit17! We need to combine a strong open market economy with reliable social safety nets. #EU. #dkpol— Lars Løkke Rasmussen (@larsloekke) November 17, 2017
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Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel, said: "The European Pillar of Social Rights is an indispensable instrument if we want to deepen the single market in the long term and to promote the mobility of our people."
Social Summit Göteborg : The European Pillar of Social Rights is an indispensable instrument if we want to deepen the single market in the long term and to promote the mobility of our people #SocialSummit2017 pic.twitter.com/Gg8FEydSrr— Xavier Bettel (@Xavier_Bettel) November 17, 2017
Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, considers that the European Pillar of Social Rights will create more jobs in Europe.
Ik was vandaag op de Social Summit in Göteborg die in het teken stond van eerlijke groei en meer banen in Europa pic.twitter.com/cdF9yO5nOR— Mark Rutte (@MinPres) November 17, 2017
Prime Minister of Belgium, Charles Michel, commented: "Social protection and job creation go hand in hand. More growth and more jobs is the real social challenge!"
Soutenir l’emploi renforce la protection sociale. L’un va avec l’autre.— Charles Michel (@CharlesMichel) November 17, 2017
Il faut par ailleurs transformer cette nouvelle économie en opportunité.#SocialSummit17 #begov #jobsjobsjobs pic.twitter.com/rPIK84fhFg
Prime Minister of Slovenia, Miro Cerar, said: "Boosting much needed competitiveness should not go at the expense of labour costs, unfair competition and workers' rights. We can be competitive based on improved productivity, skills and knowledge."
Na #SocialSummit17 sodelujem na omizju o pravičnem zaposlovanju in pravičnih delovnih pogojih. Konkurenčnost #EU moramo zagotavljati s povečevanjem produktivnosti in znanja in ne na škodo pravic delavcev. pic.twitter.com/Pq0kS6DGAt— dr. Miro Cerar (@MiroCerar) November 17, 2017