As of the first of December we officially have a new European Commission! To mark the occasion, all Commissioners have received updated mission letters from Commission President Von der Leyen. In her letter to Nicolas Schmit, Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, there are two important differences compared to the letter she sent him when he was still Commissioner-designate for Jobs.
In order to strengthen Europe’s social dimension, she added to his mission the task of ‘developing a European Action Plan for Social Economy’. Social services are an essential tool for the implementation of the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights. SOLIDAR therefore welcomes the Action Plan for the Social Economy as a priority for the new legislature and considers it all the more reason to renew the Social Economy Intergroup in the European Parliament.
In addition to the new emphasis on the Social Economy, the title of his portfolio was also changed from ‘Jobs’ to ‘Jobs & Social Rights’. SOLIDAR had previously called for this change and is therefore happy to see it become reality. We count on Nicolas Schmit to ensure that the new emphasis on social rights is reflected in his work!
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