Social justice in the EU: concrete improvements by 2030 (PHOTO)

Hamburg (ots) What about social justice in Europe? – The social market economy in the European Union not only aims to grow, but at the same time must reduce poverty and inequality. This applies to individual economies in the EU as well as the entire EU.

There are traditionally drastic differences in the area of ​​work between EU countries. According to Eurostat, the average gross salary in Denmark in 2018 was EUR 4,057 per month – in Bulgaria it was EUR 442. According to Eurostat, in January 2021, there were 6.2 percent in Germany. young people under 25, and in Spain 39.9%.

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In 2021, the European Commission presented an action plan aimed at concrete improvement of the social situation in Europe by 2030. The goals agreed at the Porto Social Summit in May are: to increase EU-wide employment among people aged 20-64 by five percentage points to 78 percent; Reduction by at least 15% of the 91 million people at risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2019. A minimum wage is required in all EU countries. At least 60 percent of adults should attend in-service training every year.

European Social Fund +

With a total budget of € 88 billion, adopted by the European Parliament in June 2021. “European Social Fund +” (ESF +) play an important role. Additional resources will be made available for investment in youth employment and the fight against child poverty – two groups of people particularly affected by the crown pandemic.

Support for people in particular need

At least a quarter of the ESF + funding is used at Parliament’s initiative to promote equal opportunities for disadvantaged groups. In this way, obstacles in the labor market must be removed, discrimination must be combated and health disadvantages reduced.

Fair minimum wages

In December 2021, EU countries generally agreed their position in negotiations on a fair minimum wage in the European Union. In future, statutory minimum wages will be set on the basis of “stable and clear” criteria. These include purchasing power, overall wage levels, and wage increases. This paves the way for negotiations on the final regulation with the European Parliament.

children’s rights

Protection from violence, access to education and at least one healthy meal a day: The European Commission wants to protect Europe’s children from poverty and strengthen their rights. It proposed appropriate measures in March 2021. The emphasis is on the so-called guarantee against child poverty. 18 million children in the EU are at risk of being left behind socially, said Social Policy Commissioner Nicolas Schmit. “This corresponds to the population of an average EU country, and that is unacceptable.”

At the same time, the Commission presented a strategy on the rights of the child. She wants to develop laws that protect children from domestic and digital violence. Juveniles should also be more involved in political decision-making processes. In court proceedings, specially trained contacts should ensure that their needs are heard.

However, it will take some time to implement these plans: Member States and the European Commission want to monitor progress in implementation. The first report is planned for 2024 – children should also be involved in it.

More background for conference topic “Stronger economy, social justice and employment”also read on FuturEU – eg in the article about the construction plan “NextGenerationEU”.

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