Social and Sustainable Macroeconomic Policies
Promote Macroeconomic policies that support social, equality and environmental goals
- Implement an ex-ante social/equality/environmental impact assessment and
- A comprehensive strategy that ensures that economic objectives deliver on social, equality and environmental targets.
Invest in inclusive and sustainable growth
- Invest in affordable housing, energy-saving priorities and social/health infrastructure to ensure positive results on multiple Europe 2020 goals: creating new jobs, investing in people, preventing poverty and tackling climate change.
Promote inclusive and sustainable tax
- Ensure tax policy contributes to long-term social and environmental objectives.
- Embed ex-ante impact assessments to guard against unfair distribution, promoting a tax justice model.
Fighting poverty and social inclusion
Increase the ambition of targets and a strategic approach
- MS should set ambitious national targets, draw on all 3 indicators, broken down by key factors (gender/age, ethnicity)
- Each MS should develop a comprehensive diagnosis of causes/trends as basis for integrated antipoverty strategy
- Develop sub-targets and thematic strategies for key priorities/groups: tackling homelessness, investing in children, Roma inclusion and across themes.
Ensure affordable access to quality services – particularly Housing, addressing homelessness, health and long-term care.
- Require measures to increase affordable access to housing: social housing, rent-regulation, tax reform, as well as diversification and re-balancing of housing tenures.
- Increase investment in affordable quality health and long-term care, as well as ensuring equal access including promoting action to counter discrimination eg Roma/undocumented migrants
Strengthen social investment and universal social protection systems
- Give priority to investment in integrated social protection across the life cycle, guaranteeing adequate minimum income, unemployment benefits and pensions with EU-wide benchmarks.
- Ensure proposals to reduce social security contributions must not negative impact on sustainable financing of SP
Investing in children and youth, combined with integrated strategies for all, at-risk groups.
- Encourage implementation of integrated strategies to invest in children (and their families), in line with the Commission’s Recommendation.
- Implement the Youth Guarantee through quality integrated programmes and promote Youth Inclusion, beyond employment
- Ensure that an integrated approach to social inclusion and poverty reduction across the life-cycle is promoted for all key target groups.
Create sustainable, quality employment across the life cycle.
- Invest in quality green and social jobs
- Concrete measures to reduce in-work poverty and gender pay gap: increasing minimum wages, supporting living wages and work-life balance, defending employment protection and social rights.
Personalized, integrated Active Inclusion not Activation alone
- Explicit promotion of integrated Active Inclusion (income support, inclusive labour market and access to quality services), based on personalized integrated support.
- Access to affordable childcare/ECEC to support women into work.
- Support to active ageing to enable older people to move/stay in jobs with age-friendly LM.
Promoting Inclusive Education
Support Comprehensive Education + LLL
- Universal access to quality, comprehensive education and measures to tackle segregation to key groups.
- Develop lifelong learning and support , on-the job training and lifecycle management for older people.
Social Investment in early childhood/and ESL
- Invest in quality ECEC with quality assurance standards
- Promote an integrated approach to ESL: prevention, intervention and compensation measures and individualized alternative ‘2nd chance’ partnerships.
Vocational Training responding to the labour market and individual needs.
- Better match VET to respond to labour market needs, adapted to individual needs/skills
- Ensure that broader educational values are enhanced beyond labour market needs.
- Reduce the gender pay gap, with a national strategy to eliminate wage discrimination and gender segregation in education and work.
- Close the gender pension’s gap, promoting work-life balance, shared parenting, reforms of social security/tax systems to promote individual rights
- Ensure a compensation mechanisms in pension schemes for time spent caring for children/dependents
- Specific Measures to counter multiple discrimination against Migrant Women – reinforcing employment and social protection rights/independent status.
Investing in resource efficiency and tackling climate change
- Reduce tax exemptions and environmentally harmful subsidies on fossil fuels, differentiating car tax according to energy/efficiency
- Invest in decentralised energy production, renewable fuels and increased energy efficiency
- Ensure climate change objectives have clear guiding principles, measure targets/indicators, timelines and monitoring mechanisms.
- Carry out ex-ante social/gender impact assessment to ensure burden does not fall on the poor, excluded and women.
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