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New rights for new jobs, flexible rights for flexible jobs, European rights for European jobs. For a long time the word “flexibility” has meant insecurity and unfairness for too many workers, especially young people, all around the European Union. New cathegories of jobs have been created in the last decades, but new rights have not. People who started working in the last two decades have signifiacant less social rights, compaired with their predecessors. European workers need new forms of social rights and new forms of represention, and the Socialists and Democrats have to be in the frontline of this battle! The European and international nature of several new jobs means that new rights should be created at the European level: the national level, alone, is not able to provide anymore the protection needed. If the European centre-left will not be able to do so, we will see more and more angry people moving toward populist and Eurosceptic parties. Those people need to know that someone will help them, and I am shure that the Socialists and Democrats can do that.
Europe is facing three main financial problems: first, the EU Budget is still too much dependent on national contribution; second, the solidarity principle is still very strong in theory, and too weak in practice; third, the EU Budget is still too little compared with the EU functions. The best way to tackle those problems is having an even closer European Union, in which the ECB coordinates its monetary policy with a European Minister of Finance in charge of fiscal policy, and so able to increase or decrease certain taxes in the Member States and to redistribute money in the Member States through effective economical policies. In this way, the EU Budget would became more independent, the solidarity among the Member States would became real and the EU Budget, if needed, would grow. With an EU Minister of Finance, it would be also possible to tackle the accountability problem, that affects the entire European Union.
- This reply was modified 1 year ago by Lorenzo Ammirati.
Africa needs Europe as much as Europe needs Africa. The relationship between these two continents works as a mirror: if Africa is healthy, Europe is healthy, and vice versa. After decades of aids and investments, African growth is still very low, and the quality of life is really bad for the majority of the people. It is needed to change the Europeans approach towards Africa: from short-term development help to long-term development. In order to do so, it is important to educate a new generation of African entrepreneurs, to economically support them and to help in them in creating a good social and legal environment for their enterprises. For these reasons, it is not possible to continue to close our eyes in front of systematically violations of the Cotonou Agreement from some African governments; at the same time, it is not possible to continue to close our eyes in front of the multinationals exploitation of the African natural resources and manpower. Africa still needs Europe more then Asiatic or American countries because of geographical factors and because Europe is the only major Africa’s partner that intend to help African economic growth and African people’s quality of life, rather then exploiting African resources.
Populists are gaining consensus among Europe while social democratic electors are moving away from centre-left parties. One of the main reasons of this shift is that populist parties are responding to social problems and social insecurities in a way that is perceived as the only real alternative to current neoliberal predominant policies. Populists are (falsely) promising to citizens that they will be able to take back control of their lives if they will choose to live again in national, isolated and non-cooperative states. But that is not true. Europe need a different alternative, European citizens deserve a better alternative. This alternative must come from the European Socialists and Democrats because of our historical role and because those social insecurities need to be fought at the same level from which they come from (the supranational one). In order to do so, we need to boost the Social Pillar. An European Pillar of Social Rights should not mean a remedial to deterioment of jobs, nor a generous tip in the redistribution of wealth. No. An European Pillar of Social Rights should mean to create new jobs (especially for young people), to fight against inequalities in all their forms (between member states, between different workers and between genders) and to garantee to each citizen a good quality of life. Putting social rights at the core of our Union is not just a good fight: is a fight for the life of the Union itself. If citizens will feel that the EU is not defending them against the negative effects of globalisation, European nationalists will gain more and more consensus, and the European integration process will slow or even stop or regress. We can do it, together.