16 Recommendations for the Europe 2020 Strategy
The current debate to formulate a Post-Lisbon Strategy - or Europe 2020 Strategy - is taking place in the midst of a systemic economic crisis which is impacting on the financial systems, the real economy and labour markets of all European economies; and as a consequence, negatively affecting the living and working conditions of many people across Europe. With roughly 80 million people living in or at risk of poverty in the EU, including roughly 19 million working poor, this crisis will continue to have negative impacts over the next 3 to 5 years, in particular for economically vulnerable and socially excluded people, which SOLIDAR member organisations work with and provide services for, for whom economic recovery will only take effect with a certain delay. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) predicts that we are looking at a potential jobs crisis that might last up to eight years because of rising long-term unemployment and the informalisation of the labour market.
To address these challenges, SOLIDAR urges the European institutions to orientate the Post-Lisbon Strategy towards making economically competitive and innovative societies in an increasingly globalised world by realising fundamental rights, the creation of equal opportunities and life chances, decent working and living conditions, adequate social protection and access to affordable, high quality services of general interest for all European citizens.