EESC urges reaffirmation of European social model

RAPPORTEUR SPEAKING

In order to overcome the widening inequalities in European society, social sustainability should be taken into account in all EU policies and the European social model reasserted as a guarantee of social protection for all citizens in the era of digitalisation and globalisation, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) said at its March plenary.

Presenting her opinion on "A socially sustainable concept for the digital era", the rapporteur, Giulia Barbucci, explained that "it is essential that social sustainability is achieved in the same way as environmental and economic sustainability."

The EESC said it fully supported the European Parliament's recommendation that the Commission and social partners should work together on a proposal for a directive on decent working conditions in all forms of employments, including new forms.

It also recommended stepping up efforts to guarantee adequate remuneration and smooth transitions between jobs, in addition to fair lifelong learning opportunities aimed at reducing digital illiteracy.

The Committee called for a more inclusive labour market for migrants and better access to digital jobs for women, and recommended that special attention be paid to people with disabilities.

It also felt that measures should be subjected to an impact assessment with a view to understanding how policies affected the lives of the many. (ll)