Speech given by Presidenty Luca JAHIER at the Group II (Workers) conference in Madrid on Thursday 12 February 2015 (in French).
In my work programme as the President of the EESC, my goal is to consolidate the social dimension of the EU: improve employment conditions and promote social integration, fighting the poverty and exclusion that are afflicting vulnerable groups across all of Europe.
A social Europe is a Europe with a society that combines economic growth with high living standards and good working conditions, or at least decent jobs and worthy living conditions for all. A social Europe is a society that cares about its most vulnerable.
Statement by Staffan Nilsson, the EESC President and Leila Kurki, President of the EESC Section Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship on Communication by the European Commission on the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion
The EESC organised debates with organised civil society in all Member States between 2 September and 2 November 2016. The debates were coordinated by three EESC members ('trios') from the country concerned, often in co-operation with the European Commission (15 debates) or the national Economic and Social Council (7 debates).
"... EESC has committed to contribute to the concerted efforts towards the poverty eradication target – reduce the number of people at risk of poverty by 20 million by 2020. This is ambitious, but we believe it is possible with political commitment and with civil society's full involvement. ..."