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4 November – EMPL Members of the Parliament voted in favour of Marita Ulvskog’s (Sw, S&D) amended proposal on “Employment and social aspects in the EU2020 strategy”. The later has been adopted in plenary session on 25 November.
In their proposal, MEPs agreed to emphasize the creation of quality job, to tackle income inequalities and youth unemployment. They insisted on including social partners in the process of the strategy EU2020. They mentioned the need to rebalance the respective weight of macroeconomic and social indicators in the strategy. Several amendments of the EPP were about the fragility of outermost regions and their demand to put in place positive discrimination measures for these.
§4 of the proposal remained unchanged. It considers that “the submission of National Reports on the annual progress towards the achievement of the EU2020 Strategy goals should be made mandatory for all Member States”.
S&D’s amendment encouraging the Commission to establish a legal framework for a European social protection system (Am. 141) was rejected. Am. 81 and §10 suffered the same fate: the first called the Commission to ensure the recent changes to Member State legislation concerning labour market flexibility have not diminished employees’ social security cover, and the second asked for some social investments to be excluded from the calculation of national deficits for the period 2015-2020. Greens’ amendment suggesting the permission for Member States to temporary deviate from the Stability and Growth Pact requirements, considering the special economic circumstances, was also rejected.
Read the draft motion for a resolution.
Read the amendments 1-166.
Read the compromise amendments.