Budget consolidation over the past years has meant considerable cuts in public expenditure. The European social model was treated in this process more as a cost rather than an essential economic and social feature of our societies. A Europe that progresses, a Europe that performs, is not possible without a Europe that protects and enables. An exit to the crisis reflected only in a couple of improved statistics is not worth the current efforts. The crisis will only be over if Europeans across the board feel an improved economic situation in their daily lives.
A fair and sustainable welfare system is essential in this endeavour and we are convinced that reforms, along with social investment, should support the consolidation of our social model. The reforms we want to promote are complementary to our commitment for the introduction of a social clause in the European primary law and to the change in the European governance as detailed in the PES declaration “Towards a Social Union7 . Our reforms focus on decent work, an efficient protection and on meeting the challenges of a changing economy.