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Wednesday, 21 October 2020 - Brussels Provisional edition

Economic policies of the euro area 2020 - Employment and social policies of the euro area 2020 (debate)

  Kira Marie Peter-Hansen (Verts/ALE). – Madam President, I hope that you can hear and see me down in the Parliament. I’m speaking from the Danish office.

Thank you very much to the rapporteur for the work on this file, as there is a strong need to make sure that the social aspects are a key element in the Semester.

This is the way that we will make social process progress in Europe, and especially now, when every country is experiencing downward-turning economies. We need to create incentives for the Member States not to let the burden of a recession fall on the people most in need, and here the European Semester is a golden opportunity for us to create these incentives.

Austerity and tight budgets are not the way to manage the crisis. Making sure that people have decent lives is the way. This means securing a roof over their heads and food on the table. We need to make sure that the social and economic aspects are on an equal footing in this Semester, and taking the Green Deal into account, and we need to push for a European framework for minimum income, binding pay-transparency measures as well as ensuring quality employment with decent fair pay for our young people in Europe through the youth guarantee.

These has been some of the key issues for the Greens Free Alliance group in the work on this file.

Thank you very much to you, Klára Dobrev, for doing a really great job on this report and making sure that the European Parliament has a strong social and sustainable voice on this issue. It’s been a pleasure working with all of you and I’m looking forward to keeping this fight up.

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