European Union – Speech by Harlem Désir to the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (Paris, December 14, 2016)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, delivered a speech during a meeting of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council when its plenary assembly reviewed the draft opinion on the development of a European pillar of social rights.

At the request of France and several of our partners, the European Commission launched broad consultations in March on the development of a European pillar of social rights.

Harlem Désir, together with Myriam El Khomri, Minister of Labor, wanted the Economic, Social and Environmental Council to contribute to this debate.

During his speech, Harlem Désir emphasized three priority areas for France:

  • improving access to the labor market, notably by facilitating the mobility of young people and by supporting life-long learning;
  • ensuring fair and just working conditions, notably by combating social and fiscal dumping, promoting gender inequality in the workplace and establishing a minimum wage in all member states;
  • ensuring that European citizens are protected against unexpected events, by introducing a guaranteed minimum income in every member state and by establishing a minimum level of healthcare coverage.

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