Investing in young people's employability is vital in order to preserve our economies and well-being. The Youth Guarantee will generate a positive return by improving the economic situation, improving the employment rate and the competitiveness of our economy in the long run. In that sense it should be considered as a top priority on the EU agenda for structural reforms.
A monetary union is only sustainable if its Member States are able to collectively manage the economic fundamentals in a way that each country maintains opportunities to create prosperity and social progress.
Improving people’s professional and social skills, implementing strategies for active ageing, reconciling family and work, taking measures to boost youth employment are all an investment in our future economic prosperity and demographic balance.
We must do our utmost to ensure that employment and social cohesion are given substance in EU policy — on a par with financial consolidation and economic growth.
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.