Key messages from the Social Tripartite Summit, March 23, 2022

EU leaders and social partners met via video conference at the Tripartite Social Summit to discuss a “united tripartite response to the social and economic consequences of Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine”. Interventions from summit participants focused on the following topics:

  • How to secure long-term investment, growth and jobs in Europe while dealing with the consequences of Russian military aggression against Ukraine on energy prices, the economy and jobs?
  • How is the success of the ecological transition for European workers and European companies ensured in this new context?
  • What role does social dialogue play in improving working conditions, the functioning of European labor markets and vocational training after COVID-19?

that President of the European CouncilCharles Michel, said the following: “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a brutal attack on an independent and sovereign country. But it is also an attack on our values, such as freedom, democracy and human rights. In the last month we have emerged on the occasion of this historic moment of unity with the people of Ukraine A united tripartite response will also be crucial in dealing with the social and economic consequences of this war: governments, employers and workers must all come together to create a common and united response. is convinced that, once again, as during the COVID-19 crisis, the contribution of the social partners will be crucial in meeting this new challenge. “

That President of the European CommissionUrsula von der Leyen, said: “Europe offers refuge to people fleeing Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine. They deserve access to social protection, education and jobs, and EU funds are available to help host Member States. War and the necessary sanctions We are doing everything we can to limit the impact on energy and other commodity prices and supply chains in order to support workers, businesses and consumers in these challenging times. It is important that we all, the social partners, the Member States and the EU institutions , shows unity and solidarity with those who need it most. “

On behalf of the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union French Prime MinisterJean Castex, added: “We in the Union are committed to building a more sovereign and resilient European growth model over the next decade. The challenges are significant, they condition the sustainability of our social model, which is one of Europe’s special circumstances. We will not be able to meet these challenges without a strengthened social dialogue at national and European level. “

that Secretary-General of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)Luca Visentini, made the following statement: “The ETUC condemns the murderous war that Russia has waged in Ukraine. We call on the EU and its Member States to welcome all people fleeing Ukraine. We support their market access employment, housing, health care, education and social assistance We demand that they be treated equally in the workplace and in society – even contributing to the financing of humanitarian aid provided by trade unions in Ukraine and neighboring countries. We call on the EU and its Member States to start a dialogue with Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova in order to recognize them as EU candidate countries.We also call for action to mitigate the negative consequences of war and sanctions against the EU, including EU funding to minimize the effects of price increases maintaining emergency measures related to COVID-19 for the purpose of supporting jobs and businesses threatened by this crisis.

that President of BusinessEuropePierre Gattaz, representing employers (BusinessEurope, SGI Europe and UEAPME), said: “European employers strongly condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The European Union must uphold international law and support Ukraine and its people. Like many other actors, employers are taking concrete steps to provide humanitarian aid and help people flee combat zones.The EU’s global power stems from its economic power.It is of utmost importance that the EU takes care of its economy and mitigates the side effects of this war (inflation, rising energy and commodity prices and supply shortages In particular, supply chain disruptions.) In particular, the European Union must strengthen its internal energy market as soon as possible, diversify its energy sources and supply routes and create an appropriate framework for increasing the necessary public and private investment.While Green Deal strategies are important elements in the response recognize that the success of the ecological transformation also depends on realistic energy policies with sustainable deadlines. It is important to involve the social partners in the definition of measures to support companies and workers in the EU and to ensure stability in these difficult times. The Commission’s forthcoming initiative for social dialogue is a unique opportunity to promote unity by improving cooperation between public authorities and the social partners at EU and national level. “

The positions expressed in this text are the opinions of the persons or organizations concerned and do not together constitute the views of the Council or the European Council.

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