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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.”

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Tamás Meszerics

Tamás Meszerics
politician

Tamás Meszerics is an assistant professor in the Political Science department of the Central European University. He is a member of the Hungarian Political Science Association. He participated in the debate of the Agenda of Politics Can Be Different (LMP) during the autumn of 2008 and he has been a member of the Party since November 2008. Between September 2009 and June 2010, he was the Secretary of the National Board of the Party, becoming a member of the Party’s National Political Committee later, holding that title until the spring of 2011. He has helped the LMP caucus as a policy adviser in foreign policy and security policy ever since the Party got elected to Parliament. He is also a member of the Board of Ecopolis (Ökopolisz), LMP’s party foundation. He has been an MEP since May 25th 2014 as a member of The Greens/EFA political group.

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