In a resolution on the "Report on the
employment and social policy of the euro zone 2021", adopted on 20 October
2021 by 347 votes in favour, 162 against and 191 abstentions, MEPs stressed
that social policies are essential for Europe’s economic recovery.
The vote was preceded by a debate on 18
October 2021, where reporter Lina Gálvez Muñoz (S&D) had called, among
other things, for the transformation of the Stability and Growth Pact into a
European Pact for Sustainable Welfare. The EU budget should also be harnessed
to make it a powerful engine for the transition to sustainable prosperity for
Focus on the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan
MEPs called for a timely and, above all,
consistent implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights action plan
and its three main objectives to be achieved by 2030.
In addition to traditional macroeconomic
indicators, fiscal policy should also take into account social objectives such
as sustainable public investment and welfare. It must be "sustainable,
smart and inclusive" to ensure lasting recovery from the crisis. MEPs hold
that this would then also lead to EU countries being better prepared for the
green and digital transition.
These considerations should also underpin
Member States' National Building and Resilience Facilities and country-specific
recommendations, which will be instrumental in achieving the social objectives.
Universal access to social security
MEPs call on Member States to address the
limited access to social protection systems highlighted by the crisis and to
implement the relevant Council Recommendation of 8 November 2019 on access to social
protection for employees and self-employed people. However, this could only
be a first step. Recent experience has highlighted the need to establish a
European legal framework for universal access to social security. This
especially applies to protection of workers in atypical employment
relationships, such as on online platforms.
Go to the adopted text here.