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Social Summit

Prime Minister of Sweden confident that Social Summit will help implement Gothenburg principles

27 Apr · 15h00

Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Löfven © European Union

The Prime Minister of Sweden believes that the principles of the Social Pillar proclaimed in Gothenburg “are not just words” and “will have an impact on the daily lives” of citizens once the action plan has been adopted at the Porto Social Summit.

Stefan Löfven was the host of the previous summit in 2017, and a major supporter of the proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights, along with then President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker. The Prime Minister said that he was “impressed” with the work done by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU to reinforce the implementation of the principles proclaimed in Gothenburg.

“EU citizens must be at the heart of European development”, the Swedish PM stressed. Adding that: “There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ social model, so I wholeheartedly agree with common goals that the Member States should strive to achieve, but each one in their own way, based on national circumstances. The exchange of best practices, as well as sharing the challenges met, could help us to develop our own instruments and make them more effective.”

Löfven also pointed out that “we are focusing on combating the pandemic and vaccinating people, but we are also working towards putting our societies and our economies back on the right track. We need to tackle unemployment and provide people with the skills they need to meet future demands”.

However, the Swedish leader also observed that “it is also clear that national social security systems have a crucial role to play”, and that “we need to be even better prepared for new crises”.

 

*in collaboration with LUSA