Addressing President Juncker,
“It is crucial that the EU fully implements its legal obligations – as enshrined in the Treaties and the European Charter of Fundamental Rights – to ensure people’s right to live in dignity. The pressure on public budgets through the European Semester is increasing the risk of human rights violations for many population groups. Refocusing the Semester through a limited number of CSRs to only cover key priority issues is detrimental to the development of policies that will address the persistent social inequalities within and among Member States.
We are however encouraged by the overall support of the European Commission, as well as of the European Council and the European Parliament and your personal commitment to strengthening civil dialogue and promoting inclusive and sustainable growth. Consequently, we look forward to continued dialogue in 2016.”