Over the past 25 years, the European Union has been transformed by two major political projects: firstly the deepening of the Single Market and creation of an Economic and Monetary Union; secondly the eastward enlargement. What have they brought in terms of socio-economic convergence? And what tools does the EU have (or lack) to promote cohesion and convergence in the decades ahead?
It pays off to ensure that young people quickly find relevant jobs, where their productive potential can be realised. For this, we need not only education and training but also active labour market policies, high performing Public Employment Services as well as measures stimulating demand for labour, such as targeted hiring subsidies, all embedded in Youth Guarantee schemes.
We need to continue to monitor the implementation and results of the Compact. The Commission remains fully committed to pursuing its intense cooperation with partners to achieve further tangible improvements.
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Let me be crystal-clear: no monetary union can be sustainable or legitimate without upward convergence of social standards — convergence that must draw inspiration from the founding texts, among which the European Social Charter has a central place.
Today, on the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, I would like to express my solidarity with all those around the world that are exposed to poverty and social exclusion.
All the Member States have adopted their Youth Guarantee implementation plans and discussion of operational programmes is at an advanced stage. The future of the Youth Guarantee is now mainly in the hands of Member States who need to take action on the ground. The Commission will, of course, continue to provide support.
Az Európai Bizottság stratégiai célja, hogy a tagállamokkal, a szociális partnerekkel és más uniós intézményekkel szorosan együttműködve biztonságos és egészséges munkakörnyezetet biztosítson az Európai Unióban dolgozó több, mint 217 millió munkavállaló számára.
Today, on the occasion of World Homeless Day, I would like to express my solidarity with the estimated 400,000 people who are forced to sleep rough or in a shelter every night in the European Union. Homelessness is one of the most extreme forms of poverty and social exclusion, and is unacceptable in European societies.
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If we do not manage to undo the divergence that emerged within the EMU, at some point the single exchange rate and single interest rate may simply stop making sense for the highly heterogeneous euro zone, and Europe may enter the path of economic but also political disintegration. In order to prevent this from happening, I believe it is in everybody's interest to do what it takes to strengthen and rebalance the EMU.
124 million people at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU is a record-high number since the EU exists. And there were 7,8 million less than four years ago. This trend triggers the question whether Europe is still a model for prosperity and welfare for the rest of the world?