Pittella: Wind of change for a reformed Europe is blowing’

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“Europe is at a crossroads" said the president of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), Gianni Pittella.

Pittella: Wind of change for a reformed Europe is blowing’


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Europe’s socialists have called on European Commission to deliver real results on a youth guarantee and a new child guarantee, as well as on fair and equal pay for equal work.

Following the debate on the State of Union in the plenary of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the president of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), Gianni Pittella, said: “Europe is at a crossroads. The wind of change for a reformed and enhanced Europe is blowing strongly, battering the walls of those who have been working to dismantle Europe. We must use this momentum to radically change Europe and bring it closer to the real needs of the people.”

Pittella also said European citizens want to know what Europe can do for them.

“How can Europe improve working conditions and salaries, how Europe can help young people find a decent job, or provide support if you become unemployed?”

“As European Socialists and Democrats, we call on Juncker and the European Commission to deliver real results on a youth guarantee and a new child guarantee, as well as on fair and equal pay for equal work. The fight against tax evasion and fraud must be the top priority, starting with the big multinational corporates that should have to pay taxes exactly as EU citizens do. This must happen where the companies make their profits not artificially shifted to tax havens. These revenues could help to beef up the ‘own resources’ of the EU Budget, which must be increased.”

“We welcome Juncker’s acknowledgment of the equality between the EU member states – a multispeed Europe is not a sustainable option! Let’s provide the eurozone with a real finance minister, accountable to the European Parliament, with an appropriate fiscal capacity to be used for growth and development. Europe certainly doesn’t need of a kind of watchdog along the lines of the Troika.”

Pittella also took the opportunity to stress that democracy and the rule of law should be “respected and not threatened” by the governments in EU member states Hungary and Poland.

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