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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) (debate)

  Terry Reintke, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group. – Mr President, a growing social divide is one of the biggest threats that the European Union is facing right now, and the Brexit referendum especially has shown that there is a group of people in the European Union – not only in the UK but also in other Member States – who fear their social problems are not being addressed. We have to address their social problems: not by leaving a community of solidarity, not by leaving the European Union, but by making the European Union more socially just and addressing problems of social inequality.

The European Social Fund is one of the puzzle pieces needed in order to make that happen: to strengthen the fight against energy and housing poverty, to tackle a just transition and to fight against social exclusion. The European Parliament, with this proposal, has proved that it is ready to pick this fight and to tackle inequality, and now we need to see the Council and the Member States, too, showing their readiness to do that. If they don’t, they will be endangering the future of the European Union as a whole.

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