ATTRACTIVE SINGLE MARKET

The EU must become the world’s most attractive economic area for companies, workers and investors:

  • Promote mobility of workers and freedom to provide services
  • Facilitate postings, prevent legal uncertainty
  • Reduce burdensome bureaucracy through the "one in, one out" principle

THE EURO AND ECONOMIC UNION

The Economic and Monetary Union must be developed further and the EU strengthened in the long term:

  • Provide incentives for national structural reforms and for soundly financed social security systems
  • Promote flexibility and resilience of labour markets, drop plans for an EU unemployment reinsurance scheme
  • Maintain sound public finances, ensure stability of the euro
  • "Green Deal": thinking climate protection and competitiveness together

IMPORTANT SKILLED WORKERS
FOR EUROPE

Europe needs migration of highly qualified workers, both academically and vocationally, from third countries:

  • Targeted development of the Blue Card
  • Make existing channels for migration to the labour markets of member states more transparent
  • Simplify and accelerate procedures

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL PROGRESS

The aim must be to reinforce the role of the social partners throughout Europe and to further promote the social dialogue:

  • Keep social policy in the responsibility of the member states
  • Preserve diversity of labour markets, no need for additional EU regulation
  • EU minimum wage framework would weaken social partnership
  • Respect the autonomy of the social partners

FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT FOR EU WORKERS

Make free movement easier through more transparent information:

  • Improve information about job vacancies and EU-wide job placement services
  • EU social security number could facilitate cross-border mobility

ONLY AS A MEMBER OF THE EU

The EU has a special role to play as leader and defender of open and fair trade:

  • Prevent protectionism and promote multilateralism, defend open and fair trade
  • Do not put supply chains at risk through more regulation – the EU economy recognises its special responsibility to respect human rights
  • Introduction of new European supply chain regulations and responsibilities at the EU level is not the right approach.

DESIGNING DIGITALISATION

Update qualifications, create jobs:

  • Digital competences and social skills are more important than ever
  • Give digital progress creative leeway instead of premature regulations that restrict
  • Need future-proof strategies for life-long learning
  • Close qualification gaps
  • Differentiate platform work and deal with it within the context of national legislation

CAREER PATHS FOR WOMEN

Gender-neutral and non-discriminatory:

  • Tackle the roots of differences: stereotype-free career guidance and the expansion of childcare and all-day schooling instead of EU quotas
  • National implementation of the EU Anti-discrimination Directive goes beyond the requirements and leads to legal uncertainty