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Working in another EU country should be as easy as working in your own Member State.
Improving the situation of Roma people is one of the biggest social challenges facing Europe today. If their integration failed anywhere in the Union, the European society as a whole would lose cohesion and integrity.
The fact is that the European Union cannot come out of the crisis successfully unless we improve the use we make of our labour force's potential. This requires policy action.
In countries where social dialogue is well established and industrial relations institutions are strong, the economic and social situation tends to be more favourable and subject to less strain. And it must be stressed that the countries with strong social dialogue are also the most competitive ones in Europe.
We all need to realise – citizens and political leaders – that there is no way out of Europe's social crisis unless we properly redesign the currency union; unless we structurally fix or even reconstruct the building.
The countries in which social dialogue is well-established and industrial relations institutions are strong are generally those where the economic and social situation is better and under less pressure.
The focus on policy coherence is extraordinarily important today, as the prolonged financial, economic and social crisis threatens to undermine consensus for the European social model and for European economic and monetary integration as a whole.