What policies for Europe? Employment and Social developments 2019

The European Commission has recently published its flagship report on Employment and Social developments in Europe.

It was a pleasure to take part in the discussion and join the many speakers calling for inclusive education policies and a rethinking of taxation. Tax competition among EU countries harms the fairness of our tax systems and reduces our collective ability to ensure decent living standards for all. More than 110 million EU citizens are at risk of poverty and social exclusion, far, far away from the goals set out one decade ago for the year 2020.

Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility argued that “we can improve everybody’s living standards provided that the EU and Member States, together with the social partners, invest in new and better skills, higher qualifications and social services.”

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