Is the old Europe ready to harmonise, not only to harmonise, but to share your wealth, not only your regulations?” asked Prof. Krasnodebski.
The president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, tiptoed around the social issue during his speech at the annual State of the Union debate in Strasbourg on Wednesday (September 14).
Following the address, Maria Arena, a socialist Member of the European Parliament (MEP), criticised the lack of concrete proposals: “I expected that Mr Juncker could come with a very concrete plan of action. We are waiting for this concrete plan to guarantee the social pillar for people in Europe,” she told Euranet Plus.
The main hurdle on the road to a so-called ‘social Europe’ is less a lack of initiatives and more a growing row between eastern and western EU countries on the issue.
Differences in wealth and economic growth appear to be the main argument used by eastern countries. Zdzislaw Krasnodebski, a Polish MEP for the European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR), questioned who would pay for the costs of social harmonisation – for instance, a European minimum wage.
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