• Investing in Europe - investing in people! The Future of the European Cohesion Policy


    For the next Europe Together event in Valencia, on 15 September 2017, we will be focusing on the EU Cohesion Policy.

    How can we bring EU funds closer to the people?

    What needs to change?

    How can we help improve the already existing mechanisms?

    The progressive family has put together ten ideas on EU Cohesion Policy.

    Check out the full draft here.

And most importantly, add your comments here until 21 August 2017 to the Valencia draft statement - Investing in Europe, Investing in People.

The citizen sending in the best comment will be chosen to join us at the event in Valencia on 15 September 2017 .... Flights and accommodation are on us!

The programme can be found here


The Tallinn Statement on a Social Europe

To achieve high quality of life and ensure upward social convergence, we must:

• Assure decent working conditions in all forms of employment, guaranteeing every worker access to a core set of labour and social rights, which follow the principle of equal pay for equal work.
• Close the gender pay gap by 2% per year assuring equal treatment and non-discrimination throughout our Union.
• In addition, particular target measures are needed like quotas for women on company boards at European level. Companies to introduce multi-aged working teams.
• Establish a European Child Guarantee, which ensures that every child has access to free healthcare, free education, free childcare, decent housing and proper nutrition.
• Ensure the respect and the promotion of collective bargaining so that it reaches as many workers as possible across our Union.
• Assure the reconciliation of personal and work life.
• Fight income inequality, unemployment with a special focus on young people who are neither in employment nor education.
• Substantially scale up the funding of the EU Youth Guarantee to create better and better jobs.
• New key-factor like health must be better included in policy making, including occupational health.
• Prepare for a Social Progress Protocol to be incorporate in the Treaties, when possible, to change the overall balance between economic freedom and fundamentals social rights.
• Create a specific Social Fund for capacity building, in particular for Social Partners in Member States, where needed.
• Deliver a European Pillar of Social Rights to cope with the new trends in the labour market, guaranteeing decent working conditions and access to social protection.

To cope with demographic challenges and the impact of a growing digital economy, we must:

• Develop new ways to guarantee workers’ rights and representation, decent working conditions, fair competition and social protection in the “fourth industrial revolution”.
• Organise the portability of workers’ rights as they move around in the European digital labour market.
• Extend collective agreements to individuals engaged in new digital forms of work.
• Mitigate the risk of brain drain by investing in measures supporting circular migration, and ensuring mobility is not the result of inadequate employment opportunities or social protections.
• Invest in active ageing and enable people reaching pensionable age to have the option to continue working while being able to draw partially on their pension if they work less than full-time.
• Investing in equitable and quality education for all and everywhere in Europe must be an absolute top priority.
To ensure sustainable financing of social policies, we must:

• Provide public support for developing sectors with important employment potential.
• Combat tax evasion to ensure adequate level of public funds.
• Broaden the financial base of welfare systems by shifting towards new sources of tax revenue.
• Establish quality benchmarks for national unemployment insurance schemes.
• Enable the public employment service to have adequate capacity for direct contact with business.
• The EU must do more to unlock the potential of the Social Economy.
• Invest in green technology and in the environment.
• We need a sustainable EU Budget where all Member States should contribute a fair share.
• Link the financial economy to the real economy through the introduction of a Financial Transaction Tax.
• Close tax loopholes in the 28 Member States and introduce a EU-wide Minimum Effective Corporate Tax Rate.
• To test the possibility to the introduction of a basic income scheme in the EU.
• Fight undeclared work!
• Information, participation and civic dialogue about social rights is very important!



60 years after the Rome Treaties, the European Union needs to assert itself as a powerful democratic entity delivering peace, freedom, security, sustainable development and prosperity for all its citizens. For us, this is a key moment to shape a new positive future for our Union, to work for unity, cohesion and openness, against divisions and new walls, fighting against neoliberalism, nationalism and populism. Together, we stand for a clear choice:

A European Union for shared and sustainable prosperity! 

We must ensure that everyone has decent living and working conditions, proper social protection and opportunities to improve their lives. Europe’s labour and social standards need to be updated and enhanced to match the challenges of the 21st century. We need a new growth model with a strong European Pillar of Social Rights, poverty reduction programmes and a true European Youth Plan capable of providing every young person with jobs, skills, digital literacy, equal treatment and more opportunities for developing new enterprises and creative ideas. Young Europeans must also be empowered in the decision making process at all levels.

We need to stimulate the economy with a powerful European investment strategy focused on sustainable development, new technologies, better jobs and stronger economic and social convergence upward. This requires a Community budget with proper own resources to ensure the right financing of European Union priorities as well as a Eurozone budget. We also need tough measures to tackle tax evasion and avoidance as well as to fight social dumping.

A European Union for strong democracy! 

We reaffirm our strong commitment to basic European values.  The respect for human rights, freedom, democracy, the rule of law are the fundamental principles on which our Union is based and we want an European Union that can uphold these principles and promote them beyond its borders. We stand for an open and tolerant Europe, based on equality between all people regardless of race, gender, religious beliefs or sexual orientation. Full equality between women and men is a fundamental principle of European society.

If we want a European Union capable of tackling the challenges of the 21st century, it needs to have real capacity to deliver common good and it must function in an open and transparent way. Democracy and sovereignty at European level should enrich democracy and sovereignty at national level. This requires education on Europe, sharing our common cultural identity, ensuring pluralism of the media, informing citizens about their rights. European citizens must be empowered to make their democratic choices, including on European priorities and on the President of the European Commission.

A European Union for security and protection of fundamental rights! 

We need to find better, durable solutions on migration and asylum. We need more solidarity and better integration. This means building up a truly European Asylum System where human rights are respected and responsibilities are shared among all member states. Refugees must find protection and all necessary support for their good integration in society. At the same time, we need to secure Europe’s external border and support peace and development in neighbouring countries.

Europe must also become more self-sufficient in terms of external and internal security. Europe needs to act more coherently on defence and security, with greater autonomy in defence capabilities and more integration in areas such as common management of operations, procurement and cybersecurity. We also need to develop greater cooperation between national police forces and have better information sharing to fight terrorism more effectively.

However, a feeling of security depends also on general living conditions, respect of citizens’ rights and an environment of tolerance instead of radicalisation. We must do more to strengthen Europeans’ socio-economic security.  

A European Union for international cooperation!

At a time when some global players are undermining the multilateral principles of the international system and nationalistic tendencies are gaining strength, Europe must act as a champion of international cooperation. We need to continue standing up for peace, human rights, the Sustainable Development Goals and the fight against climate change. Our external policies and trade policy must be based on these values and goals, and focus even more on labour standards, social fairness, tax justice and environmental protection. European action is critical to reshape globalisation. 

The European Union can thrive in the decades ahead, as long as we Europeans stay together and work together for better European solutions to cope with all our common challenges. We do not need a Europe a la carte.  We the people are stronger than the forces of division or fear. Member states can only be strong if Europe is strong. Rome must be the moment to reaffirm why we stand united and to show common resolve in shaping a stronger future together. We need to return to the path of social justice and shared prosperity. This is Europe’s progressive choice!


Prague Digital Declaration
Together for young people, social solidarity and equality in the digital age

We are building a European Digital Union for growth, a better future, new quality jobs and new forms of solidarity. A sustainable
digital economy should:

• Support and inspire people to develop digital businesses, e-services and e-commerce that provide ‘digital solutions’ for people and
society in Europe and globally.
• Create quality jobs for all, with a special emphasis on young people and women, and invest in quality jobs in digital public services.
• Invest and develop platforms in digital skills and literacy, creativity, innovation and a good working environment.
• Support young entrepreneurs to help them deal with risk, get access to funding and scale-up European SMEs.
• Develop digital infrastructure and promote universal access to an open, borderless internet.
• Ensure fair rules on remuneration for all in the digital economy: young people, journalists, creators and innovators, so that they can
enjoy a fair living income.
• Develop new inclusive technologies for a data-driven economy, while promoting privacy by design to ensure that open data flows
and big-data applications will respect personal privacy.
• Open up access to data including access to research and scientific outcomes.

The ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ will create digital winners and digital losers. In the European digital labour market, we should:

• Reduce the impact of the digital economy on social-protection systems and prevent inequalities.
• Develop and organise new ways to guarantee workers’ rights and workers’ representation, decent working conditions, fair
competition and social protection for all.
• Ensure universal access to training and retraining in digital skills, in order to create the conditions for effective and equal
participation in the digital single market for all citizens – young and old, rural and urban, well-off and poor. Support school curricula
and teacher training in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), digital skills and coding.
• Clarify the employment status of platform workers and guarantee that this does not create new forms of social dumping. Organise
the portability of workers’ rights as they move around in the European digital labour market.
• Create platforms for collective bargaining in the digital sector and extend collective agreements to individuals engaged in new forms of work.
• Allow citizens to have the choice to ‘switch off’ – support those who do not wish to embrace the digital revolution.
• Create fair competition, prevent tax dumping and distribute wealth by reviewing EU tax policy so that international companies contribute
their fair share of national taxes and charges in countries where they operate and finance Europe’s economic and social model.

To fight for digital equality for all and guarantee the protection of consumers’ rights on the digital market, we should:

• Provide affordable and accessible connectivity for all at a local and regional level and across the whole of the EU, and fund it with
a EU digital cohesion policy.
• Promote digital citizenship including e-democracy and digital civic education at local, national and European level.
• Incentivise all citizens, including those people living with disabilities, unemployed and migrant populations, to take advantage
of the digital society.
• More online e-government services should be made available to all.
• Ensure that all users (irrespective of age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, country or economic status)
are protected equally online, including protection against online harassment.
• Ensure that social media providers and users respect fundamental values including the rule of law.
• Guarantee the portability of legally acquired content when downloading abroad and roam-like-at-home when travelling.
• Support the development of technologies (3D printing, robotics and artificial intelligence) that can benefit people.
• Ensure that digital technology helps all citizens communicate and connect – so that all citizens are heard and listened to.

Digital policies must bring Europe TOGETHER!

BRUSSELS TOGETHER DECLARATION - A new direction for a progressive Europe

TOGETHER - A new direction for a progressive Europe - Stand up for our future!

Europe is at a crossroads. Brexit is just the latest in a long string of crises that have dramatically weakened the European project. The survival of the European Union is now in danger. Either we accept the decline of Europe or we change this Europe to make it greater.

To make the Union stronger, what we need is a new direction for Europe. Europe   desperately   needs   to   be   reformed   with   new   ideas   and  the
progressive forces have the duty to take the lead  in this battle for change. This requires a fresh insight and political creativity as we cannot limit ourselves to the answers of the past while Europe is changing.

To do this we need to work  Together, to harness all possible energies amongst our citizens.

We are launching a new journey for Europe. A journey where everyone’s voice can help shape the future of European politics. A journey towards a fairer, sustainable and more equal Europe. A global Europe, capable of facing and tackling global challenges.

Together is more than a political promise: it means involving our citizens in building a progressive Europe. Over the next 18 months, we will be holding events across the EU encouraging citizens to contribute to this new direction for Europe.

“None is an island, entire in itself”. Only Together we can shake up the status quo and stand up for a progressive Europe. The Journey has started. Join us!

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