Portugal will seek to obtain general guidance on the directive on adequate minimum wages that “allows supporting a dignified life” for European workers, the minister of Labor, Solidarity and Social Security announced this Monday.
Ana Mendes Godinho spoke at the entrance to the informal council of ministers of the European Union (EU) for Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumers, which takes place by videoconference and which she chairs with the Minister of State and the Presidency, Mariana Vieira da Silva .
The council’s main objective is to discuss the action plan of the European Pillar of Social Rights, which will be presented by the European Commission in March and which is one of the priorities of the Portuguese presidency of the Council of the EU.
THE european minimum wage it is one of the instruments of the future action plan, a program with concrete measures to implement the European Social Pillar, which Portugal wants to see approved at the Social Summit of 7 and 8 May, in Porto.
You children’s rights they will also be “at the center” of this meeting, aiming to adopt a guarantee for children.
At the end of the work, in which Commissioners Nicolas Schmit (Employment and Social Rights) and Helena Dalli (Equality) participate, there will be a joint press conference of Portuguese ministers and these two members of the European Commission.
Portugal announces European platform on homelessness
The Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union will launch, in June, a European platform on homeless people, also announced the Minister of Labor, Solidarity and Social Security.
In an interview to Lusa, via zoom, regarding the informal videoconference of the ministers responsible for the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) folders, which is taking place, Ana Mendes Godinho said that the platform aims to detect instruments at European that “Allow to mobilize resources and find solutions for people who are most vulnerable ”.
The initiative of the Portuguese presidency, which runs until June 30, “will be taken for the first time” and is part of the fight against poverty and social exclusion, one of the main axes of the European social pillar. Ana Mendes Godinho said that the Government is “finalizing the launch of a national platform to start identifying and monitoring situations [da população sem-abrigo] In real time”.
The executive does not have data on this population for 2021 and those for 2020 are being finalized by the local monitoring centers, said the minister.
The platform, which will be launched in June, he said, aims to draw a European portrait of the homeless population, which “does not exist”, and to allow a sharing of the instruments used in all EU member states, “to find more effective responses” that respond in an “integrated” way to the “various dimensions” of homeless people.
In a resolution adopted in November last year, the European Parliament called on the EU and its Member States to end homelessness by 2030. MEPs defended a European framework of national strategies and called on EU countries to decriminalize homeless people and continue to fund the resolution of the problem.
Recalling that housing is a fundamental human right, the European Parliament estimates that, every night, over 700 thousand people sleep on the streets in Europe, an increase of 70% in the last ten years.
Under the motto “A future with jobs, Jobs for the future of a Strong Social Europe”, the informal EPSCO videoconference is co-organized by the Ministries of Presidency and Labor, Solidarity and Social Security and will count on the participation of the International Labor Organization Labor and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Debating will be three key areas of the action plan for a European Pillar of Social Rights: support for employment, qualification and training of adults and combating poverty and social exclusion. The Portuguese Presidency’s “ambitious agenda” for the social area also includes the “Launch of the recommendation of the guarantee for children and the new European strategy on people with disabilities ”, added the Minister of Labor.
The EU must commit itself “more and more to the strengthening of its European social model and to concrete responses for citizens”, he defended.