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The President: EU adopted social welfare targets – let’s undertake their implementation

2021-05-08

On Saturday, the informal European Council meeting endorsed the EU’s social policy priorities for 2030, based on the reduction of social inequalities, poverty, and exclusion as well as dialogue with social partners.

“At the meeting, we agreed that Europe should be a continent of social cohesion and prosperity. Lithuania supports the implementation of innovative social policy targets. We can and must act immediately by setting national targets, finding innovative solutions, and actively consulting with social partners," the President stressed.

Gitanas Nausėda supports the commitment of the European Union to achieve breakthrough in the fields of employment promotion, skills development, and social protection of the population.

EU leaders agreed to aim for an employment rate of at least 78% and to reduce the number of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU by at least 15 million including at least 5 million children.

The President supported the idea of setting national social policy targets by Member States individually and contributing to the priorities adopted by the EU in the long term.

At the informal session of the European Council, leaders discussed measures to combat the pandemic, criteria for the introduction of the Digital Green Certificate, and relations with India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India attended the session remotely.

The President‘s Communication Group

Last updated 2021.05.09 08:24

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