EASPD organised in cooperation with Social Platform a hearing in the European Parliament on the EU horizontal social clause. The event focussed on a study written by Professor Nikolaus Dimmel on how the social clause could be used to push for a more Social Europe.
Article 9 TFEU, deriving from the Treaty of Lisbon reads “In defining and implementing its policies and activities, the Union shall take into account requirements linked to the promotion of a high level of employment, the guarantee of adequate social protection, the fight against social exclusion, and a high level of education, training and protection of human health”.
In times when all of these aspects seem to be worsening throughout Europe, partly due to a European policy focusing more on fiscal consolidation than on social cohesion, it is key that those in defense of a Social Europe use all tools available to push the European Union in the right direction.
The EU horizontal social clause, as mentioned above in Article 9, is one of the most important, yet underused, tools available. This hearing, kindly hosted by Ms Jutta Steinruck MEP, aims to bring together all those fighting for a more Social Europe from civil society, trade unions, social economy actors, the European Parliament and the other European institutions to discuss how we could best use the social clause to achieve our aims. The Hearing will focus on a study written by Professor Nikolaus Dimmel on how the social clause could be used to push for a more Social Europe. The Hearing will be followed by a Cocktail Reception in the European Parliament.
If you are in need of accreditation to the European Parliament, or support to find the room, please come to the Altiero Spinelli Entrance of the European Parliament (Place Luxembourg-side) at 14h30. Last entrances will be at 14h45. The Hearing will start sharply at 15h