Inclusive Europe, where are you ?
A short wording check of President Juncker’s address shows how poor and empty the social vision of Europe is.
End of the introduction, ones can read ” Now is the time to build a more united, stronger and more democratic Europe for 2025.” Well well, nice idea, but no much concrete solution presented afterwards. Indeed, we have to reach the fourth priority “we need to better protect Europeans in the digital age“ to open a small door on protection of personal data: big data use is a clear open door for “invisible” discrimination, and for this reason it will be particularly challenging to combat. Risk of exclusion of millions of Europeans from access to essential goods and services is not an unrealistic nightmare.
Then, in the section entitled “A Union of Values”, “freedom, equality and the rule of law” are mentioned… with the following details : “In a Union of equals, there can be no second class citizens.” and “In a Union of equals, there can be no second class consumers.” Unfortunately, these two dimensions are not so much developed in clear strategy. Can we consider therefore the following dimension as the most enthusiastic one in the speech ? “If we want to avoid social fragmentation and social dumping in Europe, then Member States should agree on the European Pillar of Social Rights as soon as possible and at the latest at the Gothenburg summit in November. National social systems will still remain diverse and separate for a long time. But at the very least, we should work for a European Social Standards Union in which we have a common understanding of what is socially fair.”
Access to the speech: clic here.