Europe Day celebrations – It’s time to act for growth and jobs

The European Movement International (EMI) celebrates today’s “9th of May – Europe Day” in more than 20 countries all over Europe. This year’s celebrations will bring together people from local communities across Europe to share experiences, opinions and values, thus renewing the dream of Robert Schuman of a united Europe based on true solidarity and set on prosperity for everyone. In times of crisis a common action for growth and jobs, able to convince European Citizens again that Europe is part of the solution and our common destiny, is needed more than ever. Quelle: europeanmovement.eu

In this context, the EMI recently welcomed the proposals of the European Commission to come forward with a renewed strategy on creating jobs, finally recognizing that it is time to shift from one-sided austerity measures to new incentives for growth and the creation of jobs.

On the eve of Europe Day, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, László Andor, underlined at an EMI Briefing in Brussels his commitment to a common vision of the European Social Model.

The Commissioner noted that “the European Social Model did not cause the financial and economic crisis. In fact it was caused primarily by the failure of the European business model and the insufficient regulation of the financial sector and the lack of European economic governance, having the right crisis response mechanisms”.

Commissioner Andor remarked that nonetheless the current levels of unemployment in the EU are dramatic and unacceptable and that job creation must become a real European priority. The recent communication of the European Commission towards a job-rich recovery will restore growth and cope with major structural changes like the greening of the economy, an ageing population and technological change.

The debate was moderated by EMI President Jo Leinen who stressed that “with the growing support for anti-European and nationalistic parties it is high time to regain the trust of European Citizens in the European (Social) Model”.

EMI Vice-President and Secretary General of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), Bernadette Ségol, welcomed the efforts of the European Commission for growth and jobs creation but emphasized that the current elements will not be sufficient enough. She added that “Europe needs Eurobonds, a Financial Transaction Tax as well as more economic solidarity between European countries”.

On 30 May the Commission will publish its country-specific recommendations for all 27 Members States, addressing structural weaknesses and recommend actions to improve growth perspectives. The EMI will continue to monitor these next steps and believes that much can be done at EU and national levels through structural reforms in order to enhance growth and create jobs.

– > Watch the keynote speech of Commissioner László Andor 

-> European Commission Statement for Schuman Day, 9 May 2012