Social issues should be priority for the Conference on the Future of Europe

Commenting on the Resolution adopted by the European Parliament on the upcoming Conference on the Future of Europe, ETUC General Secretary Luca Visentini said: “We welcome the resolution and the excellent work done by the European Parliament in preparation of the Conference on the Future of Europe.

“The Conference should pave the way for a fairer European Union which can provide all its citizens and workers with good quality and well-paid jobs, quality education and training and proper social protection.

“We strongly support the demand of the European Parliament that social issues are included among the priorities for the work of the Conference and the ETUC will push for Treaty changes, which includes a Social Progress Protocol to make sure that protection of social, workers’ and trade union rights are strengthened and given a primary status.

“We appreciate that the Resolution calls for four representatives of social partners to be included in the Plenary of the Conference and we will seek to ensure their full and continuous involvement in the whole process.”