“Europe is not social enough, we have to state it clearly” – said the president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in one of the most acclaimed passages of his speech during the plenary session of the European Parliament.
“Unemployment rates are still too high in Europe – Juncker said -, although 8 million new jobs have been created since 2013, and employment rates have been growing steadily. Yet, social injustice continues and that is the reason why we have to start working as soon as possible on the foundations of equity and social justice”.
The president of the European Commission also pointed out that the next 12 months will be crucial for a new Europe, able to defend the “European way of life, which deserves to be protected.” Populism does not solve problems; it only creates more of them” – Juncker went on to explain that it is necessary to protect ourselves from the “mermaids’ who promise easy solutions.
Moreover, during his speech, Juncker stressed that Brexit should not be considered a threat to the existence of the EU itself. “Our friends and international partners are asking, concerned, whether Brexit might become the beginning of the dissolution of the EU – said Juncker -, but we are sure that, while respecting and regretting this decision, ‘the existence of the EU is not endangered.”
Juncker talked also about employment, specifying that “8 million new jobs have been created across Europe since 2013, but the level of unemployment is still too high.”