The European Parliament has requested EESC's opinion on the structure and organisation of the social dialogue in the EMU. Social dialogue is and must remain an inherent part of EU's growth and employment policies, notably in measures to fight the crisis. Economic governance and social integration are both integral parts of creating growth and jobs. Social dialogue can play a decisive role to guarantee sustainable economic and social recovery in all EU countries, help generating high-quality jobs and succeed in economic and social reforms.
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Youth unemployment is a top policy priority of the EESC. Monitoring youth employment measures closely, the Committee is putting forward recommendations based on current practices in Member States. It also suggests that only a strategy geared towards growth and aimed at strengthening competitiveness and restoring the confidence of investors and households, as well as sustainable investment and an economic recovery plan, can stimulate demand for labour.
The EESC considers that there is an enormous need for a social investment package to counter poverty and promote employment. Implementing such a package requires:
- creating an investment programme amounting to 2% of GDP;
- identifying new sources of revenue;
- including social investments in the Europe 2020 Strategy and the European Semester;
- considering excluding social investments from the calculation of net government deficits; and
- finding the right tools to measure the effects of such investments