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EU Member States commit to a more inclusive and social Europe

The Social Summit in Oporto agreed on the objectives to be followed by 2030 (photo: Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union)
The Social Summit in Oporto agreed on the objectives to be followed by 2030 (photo: Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union)
EU. At the Social Summit in Porto on Friday 7 May 2021, the twenty-seven Member States of the European Union (EU) all committed themselves to achieving the objectives defined at the end of January 2021 by the European Commission in its action plan for the European social rights framework. By 2030, these countries will have to respect three main principles as a whole: At least 78% of people aged between twenty and sixty-four in employment; participation of at least 60% of adults in training activities each year; reduction by at least 15 million (including at least 5 million children) of the number of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion.

António Costa welcomed the agreement as "the most inclusive, ambitious commitment ever reached in a tripartite way at EU level". The Portuguese Prime Minister initialled the agreement on behalf of Portugal, which holds the rotating presidency of the EU Council until 30 June 2021, as did Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Union, and David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament.

Moving towards full employment in the EU

The main European organisations representing entrepreneurs and employees (European Trade Union Confederation - ETUC, BusinessEurope, SMEunited, SGI Europe and the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities - EASPD) were involved in the drafting of the action plan for the European Social Rights Framework and have also signed it.

According to António Costa, this text "represents one of the most important lessons that the Covid-19 pandemic has given us: unlike what is usual in major crises, this pandemic has not generated selfishness, but instead has developed a sense of community in each country, on a European scale. This time we all realised that we can only protect ourselves individually by protecting each other".

"Europe's social goals must go hand in hand with its ecological and digital goals. We want to move towards full employment, give more Europeans access to the skills they need and ensure equal opportunities for all in a more digital and sustainable economy," commented European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

Read the Porto Social Summit agreement

Eric Apim

Monday, May 10th 2021

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