What were the main conclusions of the Tripartite Social Summit on June 23, 2020?
The topic of the Tripartite Social Summit was the role of the social partners in reviving growth and employment in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. The discussions focused on the following issues:
- the economic and social extraordinary situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic
- a strategy of gradual easing of restrictions
- reconstruction plan proposed by the European Commission (including the Next Generation EU instrument)
- an autonomous agreement of social partners on digitization.
Charles Michel, President of the European Council, said: “The efforts of the European institutions to repair and rebuild will only be successful with social dialogue and the continued involvement of the social partners. For me, they are the main protagonists in this crisis. However, we are guided by a key principle: our common reconstruction must be reconstruction for all. Based on the twin pillars of solidarity and convergence, at the heart of the European project. ‘
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said: “The Commission has prepared an unprecedented response to this unprecedented crisis: the Next Generation EU instrument, the SURE mechanism and the modified long-term EU budget are to give us confidence that we support everyone: our employees, our companies, our economy, and ultimately – that we are strengthening our Union. Together, we can rebuild a stronger, more social Europe, ready for an ecological and digital transformation. An efficient social dialogue will help us find a way out of the crisis and prepare for the future.”