Churches welcome the European Pillar of Social Rights
The following is a joint press release from the Commission of the Bishops' Conference of the EU (COMECE) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC)
COMECE and CEC welcome the inter-institutional proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights to be signed today at the Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth that is taking place in Gothenburg, Sweden.
COMECE and CEC consider the European Pillar of Social Rights as a vital and further step towards the European Social Market Economy, therefore we welcome the high-level consensus set by the joint proclamation of the Parliament, the Council and the Commission.
We encourage the European Union and its Member States to translate the document into concrete actions, involving all partners – including Church- and faith-based organisations - in order to create a deeper and more fair internal market, for a more social Europe and for the benefit of all people in the EU.
COMECE and CEC believe that the persistent economic and social inequality, as well as the transformative changes taking place in the world of work, can be faced only through a European joint effort that is not only formal, but concrete and tangible, driven by the principles of justice and solidarity.
As highlighted by Pope Francis during COMECE-organised dialogue (Re)Thinking Europe, «a European Union that, in facing crises, fails to recover a sense of being a single community that sustains and assists its members […], would miss out not only on one of the greatest challenge of its history, but also on one of the greatest opportunities for its own future».
Conference of European Churches likewise has reminded all its Member Churches of the vision of a “common European house with commonly shared values as its foundation”, of which justice and solidarity are a fundamental part.
COMECE and CEC have contributed to the European Pillar of Social Rights from the very beginning, issuing statements in favour of a European Social Market Economy as envisioned by the EU treaties, and participating with their church partners to the public consultation launched in March 2016 by the Commission.
In this important day, we recall our support to the European Pillar of Social Rights. We invite the EU institutions and the Member States to provide the needed financial support to make the initiative a proper policy instrument.
Together, COMECE and CEC, invite all actors involved to commit in a dialogue with Churches and church- and faith-based organisations, whose experience of everyday social work will contribute to the success of the initiative and to restore citizens’ trust and belief in the European project.
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