ETUC demands action from Spanish Presidency - Memorandum underlines key role for public services
The ETUC has sent its proposals for action during the Spanish Presidency. It wants action to deal with the impact of the financial, economic and social crisis first and foremost. Other areas covered in the ETUC Memorandum are related to Social Europe, a Social dimension to the internal market, climate change and energy, enlargement and trade and external relations. ETUC also demands decisive action on the Social Progress protocol and that the gaps in the Posted Workers Directive are closed.
ETUC also stresses that “With the financial and economic crisis the growing pressure to return prematurely to a budget consolidation path is counterproductive. If such a decision is made Member States will not be able to benefit from a possible economic recovery and it will also damage public services. In a moment of crisis, social policy and public services throughout Europe must be preserved, strengthened and not be undermined by a rigid implementation of the Stability Pact, forcing premature and important cuts in budget deficits as soon as economic activity shows some signs of recovery."
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