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16.10.2018 16:02

Akava's president Sture Fjäder addressed the Tripartite Social Summit

Akava's president Sture Fjäder addressed the Tripartite Social Summit in Brussels today, foucusing on the Multi-annual Financial Framework 2012-2027. He called for more funds for Erasmus+ and Horizon programmes, which are future-oriented EU programmes. Their size should be doubled to strengthen employability and the knowledge-based Europe.

The Multi-annual Financial Framework 2021–2027 including InvestEU, ESF+ and the deepening of the EMU

Sture Fjäder 16102018

I think that everybody can agree in this room that we need more European co-operation and not less. Therefore, the EU budget has to be big enough, if we want to cope with the future challenges. It is also a high time to reprioritize the use of the EU funds.

Against this background, I would like to remind you of the usefulness of the EU Investment Programme, the Social Fund and the Globalisation Fund. These funds should not maintain old structures, but create jobs of the new economy.

Above all, the real future-oriented EU programmes are Erasmus+ and Horizon Europe. Their size should be doubled, because in this way we strengthen employability and the knowledge-based Europe.  And that is the key to competitiveness and job creation.

Finally, I would like to say a word about the EU budget in relation to rule of law and fundamental rights. I was very happy to see that the Commission proposed a link between the use of EU funds and these fundamental rights. It is not acceptable that our common funds are distributed to those who do not respect our common values.

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