“Decision-makers need to look at the impact of laws and policies on people’s lives and develop an economic model inclusive of all”, concluded participants at Social Platform’s ‘Building Social Europe’ Flagship Conference in Helsinki.
At the three-day gathering, in which SOLIDAR participated organizing a workshop with CECOP on “Decent Work as precondition for economy of well-being”, key influencers insisted on setting up a structured dialogue between European Union institutions and civil society organisations, as a vital element of an economy that puts people and planet, not profit, at its core. To support the launch of this new economic model, Social Platform calls for:
Piotr Sadowski, President of Social Platform, said:
“Integration of economic and social policies is essential to achieve an economic model that is socially inclusive and sustainable. This cannot be done without the participation of civil society organisations. They are the most connected to the people who feel the daily impact of laws made in Brussels and are best placed to tell decision-makers what works and what doesn’t. To this end, we insist that the Executive Vice-President for an Economy that Works for People goes beyond engaging only in social dialogue and establishes a structured relationship with civil society organisations to ensure that all decisions and policies fully consider their impact on people’s lives”.
Kélig Puyet, Director of Social Platform said:
“If the EU is serious about achieving an economy that works for people, it’s high time to stop sacrificing social goals in the pursuit of economic gains. Social justice cannot be achieved through social policies alone – it requires a fundamental shift in the functioning of the EU’s economic model and fiscal policies, with support from the highest political level. An annual Social Summit would be the perfect forum to fine-tune a social, sustainable and inclusive future of Europe.”
Note to Editors
Consisting of 49 pan-European networks of NGOs, Social Platform campaigns to ensure that EU policies are developed in partnership with the people they affect, respecting fundamental rights, promoting solidarity and improving lives. Further information is available at www.socialplatform.org.