Tamás Meszerics at the Social Summit in Gothenburg
European leaders discussed the future of Social Europe at the Social Summit in Gothenburg on the 17th of November, 2017. At the Summit, an inter-institutional proclamation endorsing the European Pillar of Social Rights has been introduced. The Social Pillar consists of 20 main principles and social rights. These include equal opportunities and access to the labour market, fair working conditions and the stressed role of social protection and inclusion. The declaration is ground-breaking in the sense that it justifies the equally important role of the social dimension besides the monetary and financial elements of the crisis. In order to address current issues, for a more equal and fair Union, competences have to be reconsidered. Social Europe has to address inequality between the East and the West, enduring shortage of labour and social dumping.
Mr Meszerics was delegated to the conference from The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament. He participated in the “Fair employment and working conditions” working session. According to Mr Meszerics, “wages must be sufficient to maintain a decent life, but the European reality is that many people remain under the poverty line even with a full time job. For a functioning European welfare state we need strong binding agreements on European living wage, European social standards and adequate minimum income. Member States sooner or later must realise that the principle of subsidiarity in the case of social policy means that we need more European harmonisation to save the sinking European Social Model.”