Motion for a resolution - B8-0171/2017Motion for a resolution
B8-0171/2017

    MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION On the European Pillar of Social Rights

    16.2.2017

    pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

    Mara Bizzotto

    B8-0171/2017

    Motion for a European Parliament resolution on the European Pillar of Social Rights

    The European Parliament,

    –  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

    A.  whereas in 2015 President Juncker declared that the ‘Pillar of Social Rights (...) can serve as a compass for the renewed convergence within the euro area’, as set out in the Commission communication of 8 March 2016;

    B.  whereas by taking this approach the EU wants to impose a common European social model and replace the social models of the Member States, with a view to a ‘social Europe’ that will facilitate a devastating harmonisation;

    C.  whereas the social situation in Europe is catastrophic: 122 million citizens are poor and nearly 10% live in conditions of serious hardship;

    D.  whereas the Social Pillar, alongside the other EU convergence policies, was not thought up for citizens, but to save the failing euro project;

    1.  Calls on the Commission to leave the management of social and employment policies up to the Member States, in order to respect the social and economic diversity of each state;

    2.  Calls on it, equally, to acknowledge that austerity policies have worsened, rather than improved, the economies of the Member States and living conditions of European citizens;

    3.  Calls on it, lastly, to abandon the Social Pillar project and make it easier for Member States to invest in their own productive fabric, especially in SMEs, to create jobs and economic growth.