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Von der Leyen and Charles Michel aiming to reinforce a social Europe at the Porto Summit

24 Mar · 16h00

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The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, believe that the Porto Social Summit in May will serve to place a social Europe “at the top of the political agenda”.


In a statement released after a video conference meeting of the Tripartite Social Summit (a forum for dialogue between the EU institutions and European social partners), Charles Michel said that a “social Europe will be placed at the top of the political agenda at the Porto Social Summit”.


Charles Michel, President of the European Council © Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2021 - António Pedro Santos/Lusa

“ We want sustainable growth that is measured in more than GDP [gross domestic product]. We want a prosperous Europe that protects our environment, invests in skills and innovates and improves wellbeing. ”

Charles Michel, President of the European Council

In turn, Ursula von der Leyen said that the Porto Social Summit organised by the Portuguese Presidency will be an opportunity for everyone: “For trade unions and employers, but also civil society and institutions, to renew our joint commitment on the Social Europe we want to build.”

Ursula von der Leyen also said, “I strongly believe in the importance of social dialogue, which is a central pillar of our social market economy”.

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Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission © Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2021 / Pedro Sá da Bandeira 

Speaking for workers, the General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation, Luca Visentini, observed that “the EU and Member States need to back the Action Plan for the European Pillar of Social Rights and commit to a fairer, more equal Europe at the Porto Social Summit”, adding that “new legislation on minimum wages […] must be agreed soon”.


Speaking for employers, the President of the Confederation of European Business (BusinessEurope), Pierre Gattaz, pointed out that it is “crucial to make good use of EU recovery funds to invest them effectively and efficiently, crowding in private investments and developing necessary physical and social infrastructure”.


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