The Social Platform flagship conference has been held in Helsinki from 16 to 18 September. Following a series of panels, thematic workshops, study visits and a high-level round table with national government representatives including the current and forthcoming EU Presidencies, the 150 participants of our Flagship conference put forward the following recommendations on an economy of wellbeing approach that leaves no one behind:
The Economy of wellbeing encompasses a long-term approach, that…
…looks at the impact of decisions and policies on people’s lives;
…is based on a participatory governance structure;
…ensures socio-economic and environmental justice for all.
Between the list of recommendations, the participants wanted to underline the need for the involvement of civil society organisations, in all stages of the EU decision-making process – including the design, implementation and monitoring of policies and legislation – to ensure decisions are based on the impact they have on people’s lives. The participants also stressed the following points:
· The need to call the future Executive Vice-President of the European Commission for ‘An Economy that Works for People’ to go beyond social dialogue alone and to establish a structured relationship with civil society organisations to ensure that all decisions and policies are based on their impact on people’s lives.
· The hope that the future Vice-President for ‘Democracy and Demography’ actively involves civil society organisations, right from the beginning of her mandate, in the development, contributions and follow-up to the Conference on the Future of Europe.
· The need for social inclusion, tax justice and environmental sustainability to be recognised by EU institutions and Member States as core objectives of the future EU post-2020 strategy, including in economic, monetary and tax policy reforms.
· Participants also underlined that, to take stock of social developments at EU level and to monitor the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights and the Agenda 2030, Members States, led by the current and upcoming presidencies, in partnership with EU institutions, should organise an annual social summit, in which civil society organisations are involved.