«For the MFF 2021–2027, Member States have decided not to increase the EU budget, despite the adverse consequences that the Great Recession had on many European territories. As a consequence, cohesion policy, in 2021–2027, will be too small a blanket to cater to the needs of two distinct peripheries adequately.»
In this podcast, Philippe Lamberts, MEP and co-chair of the Greens/EFA, discusses the prospects of a European Social Union. Lamberts highlights the contradictions of the Union between hard-economic policies and soft-social regulations. Trade unions could do a better job, he argues. Meanwhile, The Greens put a lot of social items into their manifesto, starting from a European Directive on Minimum Income.
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