What is 'Social Triple A'?

At a Glance 01-03-2016

In a context of austerity and fragile economic recovery, the call for a more 'social' Europe is growing. In his October 2014 speech to the European Parliament, European Commission President-elect, Jean-Claude Juncker, spoke of his wish for Europe to be 'triple-A on social issues', putting social issues further up on the agenda. So far, initiatives have been launched by the Commission to give greater prominence to employment and social considerations in European policies. Parliament, for its part, consistently pushes for higher European social standards.