The Minister of European Affairs believes that Europe is no longer a “competitive jungle”. Its new priority is to better protect its citizens through employment promotion and training.
Clément Beaune, Secretary of State for European Affairs, stated that the European social model is better than the United States in protecting citizens from crises. He explained that the EU’s top priority now is to make progress on social issues, such as training and employment. But some states are still reluctant to establish a common minimum standard.
I do not think so. During the crisis, the European social model was more protective than the American social model, with automatic shock absorbers, high levels of social spending, and various mechanisms such as partial unemployment or public assistance to employees. Home and business. Europeans have realized this and should be proud of it.
The Porto Summit was held at this critical moment. We began to project ourselves into the post-crisis period, studying how to strengthen the European model to deal with the anxiety of citizens, especially young people. It is not technocratic or remote. The declaration strengthens the foundation of social rights adopted in Gothenburg in 2017 and promoted throughout Europe, such as parental leave and the European minimum wage. It is supported by the strong participation of social partners. The purpose is to prove that Europe is not a competitive jungle, it will harm the interests of citizens: on the contrary, it can and must be protected.
You must be sober. The EU’s powers in social affairs are still limited, and despite the progress made since 2017, some countries still need to be persuaded to join. There are two types of reluctance. First of all, those in the Nordic countries are particularly embodied around the minimum wage directive. They worry that the quality of their social model will be eroded by Europe, or will interfere with their national collective bargaining-this is an unfounded fear.
Eastern countries worry that Europe will undermine their competitive advantage. Obviously, Bulgaria, Romania or Hungary cannot meet Western standards in wages overnight. Nevertheless, these countries must understand that this movement is not against them, but against social dumping. Social empowerment is in their best interest.