The Future European Union Must Work For All

The European Union would be considered an unquestionable asset by the European population if it implemented social policies that enabled the youngest generations to work, emancipate themselves and build their future. Enabling them, therefore, to contribute to the knowledge, skills and progress of the whole society. While our social cohesion falls apart, the EU should focus on the promotion of intergenerational social inclusion, building a society where not just the young, but also the old can add their experience and feel an essential part of society rather than a burden on it.

The Social Pillar as just the first milestone for a real change

We believe in a fair, equal, free and democratic European Union. The glimmer of hope for moving forward with the European project exists in the form of the European Pillar of Social Rights. Twenty years were needed to trigger again the discussion over the social dimension of Europe. The proclamation of the Social Pillar in Gothenburg Social Summit 2017 was a historical moment that must mark the beginning of a change in the social and economic direction of the European project.

However the Social Pillar is just the first stone that must be followed by the adoption of concrete measures and financial means. For our generation the set of principles is not enough, the commitment of governments is necessary and therefore we will call on PES, its members, prime ministers and leaders and Vice presidents of the European Commission not only to proclaim the
pillar but also to propose a concrete action plan on how to achieve a proposals in their country. Otherwise it might be too little too late. Too little because enlarging and improving EU social policies has to go hand in hand with other reforms and the EU decision-making process has to become more democratic, inclusive, and understandable for each citizen. Too late because the current state of affairs already caused the secession of one member, without really preventing growing nationalistic and anti-EU feelings in other member states. The differences between countries are more and more obvious, yet through a transparent dialogue realistic targets for our political family can be set. As a youth organisation, we call for such a dialogue to take place and results to be transmitted into basis of our manifesto for 2019 EU elections.

This is the second blog post of our Future of Europe Network: we have just launched a call for contributions and we are pinpointing our key priorities for the Future of Europe. We aim at going beyond a good will to “Reform Europe”, we want to discuss realistic actions and solutions and use the network and structures that YES managed to build in last 25 years in order to fight for them.

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