(Porto, 7 May 2021)
Today, the Porto Social Summit was convened by the Portuguese Presidency and the European Commission in Portugal to discuss the way forward to achieve Europe’s economic and social objectives and how to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights.
BusinessEurope is part of the signatories of the so-called Porto Social Commitment, which seeks to ensure that European social policy supports the recovery from the Covid-19 crisis and contributes to the green and digital transitions.
BusinessEurope President Pierre Gattaz said:
“The deep crisis we are facing is a tremendous challenge for companies. Putting additional burden on companies will undermine Europe’s economic recovery and reduce the means to create employment and invest in the green and digital transition. European leaders should use in priority non-legislative measures to achieve social goals. To ensure ownership of social policy, politicians need the social partners. European employers and workers organisations have a good track record in finding compromises. Without agreeing with all the Commission social policy proposals, BusinessEurope signed up to the Porto declaration. We are committed to work constructively for the recovery and to ensure that the green and digital transitions generate real growth.”