Press release

The EL President’s participation in the Social Counter-Summit by Bloco de Esquerda

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Published on: 05.05.2021

“The official Social Summit in Porto- addressing the Pillar of Social Rights- takes place whilst Europe is ridden by an economic and social crisis.

As of today, the Pillar of Social Rights and its Action Plan do not consist of a binding declaration. Existing inequalities have been exacerbated during the pandemic, which has affected the weakest and most vulnerable. Those increasing disparities are not fully targeted and must be addressed.

The upcoming Social Counter-Summit in Porto – promoted by Bloco de Esquerda under the motto “Eradicate Poverty, Fight Precariousness, Ensure Full Employment” – is an opportunity to pave the path for strong future actions. We have to work together to debunk any solution that cannot concretely guarantee high working conditions and ensure better incomes, better jobs and new investments in the public services. A real social-ecological transformation is needed, via a green industry and protection of the workers.

Together we can push for a shift of paradigm toward a social Europe, aiming for a real step forward in the fight against injustice, poverty and exclusion.”

Heinz Bierbaum, President of the European Left