Porto, 8 May 2021 (dpa/MIA) – Leaders of the 27 EU governments are expected to adopt a declaration on employment and poverty on Saturday following an informal meeting in Porto.
“The social dimension, social dialogue and the active involvement of social partners have always been at the core of a highly competitive social market economy,” the leaders are to declare, according to a draft of the document seen by dpa.
“Our commitment to unity and solidarity also means ensuring equal opportunities for all and that no one is left behind,” the are to declare.
If the draft is signed off, the leaders will also commit to fighting gender discrimination and tackling poverty, for example.
Their informal meeting comes the day after a high-level conference on the issue, after which top EU officials and labour representatives signed a joint document promising to create jobs.
However, discussions on the bloc’s social agenda – which is dominated by debates on unemployment, skills training, and wages – could be sidetracked by current affairs issues.