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The President: EU social policy aims to reduce inequality, poverty, social exclusion and ensure social dialogue

2021-05-07

President Gitanas Nausėda is attending the EU summit to discuss social policy goals. The pandemic has highlighted the problem of social inequality in the EU, and European leaders met to address and approve innovative social policy measures based on the idea of inclusive economy – equal social opportunities, reduction of poverty and exclusion, job creation, and the right skills.

The aim is to ensure that social policy should contribute effectively to creating a green and digital value-added economy.

“The EU’s social policy priorities are in line with the objectives of a welfare state. Lithuania is on the same path with the European Union towards reducing inequality, poverty and social exclusion. Lithuania pays special attention to the most vulnerable groups in society whose quality of life must be improved. Dialogue with social partners is the key tool for developing innovative social policies, so we should focus more on discussing changes with employees, the business community and non-governmental organizations," the President said.

The President underlined that Lithuania welcomed the EU2030 social security priorities and pointed out that effective efforts could help achieve and exceed the EU’s goal of reducing poverty by at least 15 million people. 

Gitanas Nausėda emphasized the importance of reducing inequality through equal start in education and stressed that an adequate minimum income could be a very effective in reducing poverty and social exclusion, especially for vulnerable members of society. The President also stressed the need to promote and substantially upgrade social dialogue and to develop specific measures, such as including social dialogue and collective agreements in public procurement. 

Taking part in the discussion alongside EU leaders were social partners from the business, trade union and non-governmental sectors.

The President‘s Communication Group

Last updated 2021.05.07 21:49

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