After years of austerity, confidence in Europe’s capacity to care for the weakest and most disadvantaged, has come under close scrutiny. The Maltese Presidency pledged to lead by example, advancing Europe’s social policy in close consultation with social partners, civil society and citizens. Malta’s objective is to advance the rights of minorities and vulnerable groups, and to boost gender equality throughout the EU.
The Presidency is a video series by euractiv.com, looking at the priorities of the Council Presidency.
At the heart of Europe’s social renewal, is the EU’s 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, which aims to lift at least 20 million people out of poverty and social exclusion, and to increase employment to 75%.
The EU’s flagship initiatives for the Europe 2020 strategy, include the Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion and the Agenda for New Skills and Jobs. And, through its Social Investment Package, the European Commission provides guidance to Member States to modernise their welfare systems, promoting social investment throughout citizens’ life stages.
The Presidency is supported by the Maltese Presidency.