On the occasion of the EU Social Summit in Porto, Employers' President Dr. Rainer Dulger declares:
Berlin, 07 May 2021: Europe will only be successful if it cleverly combines economic, ecological and social sustainability. In this sense, we as employers also advocate clearly addressing the social dimension of Europe. But not everywhere that says social is also sustainable. We are in favour of a social Europe that respects the different national social systems. But we are against a social union that makes Brussels a central social policy actor above the national social systems of the member states. It is not without reason that the mothers and fathers of the European Treaties left social policy primarily within the competence of the member states.
In the midst of the greatest economic crisis, the EU should instead strive for a social Europe in which the Member States receive the right support to ensure social standards and economic growth. After all, without a strong economy, there can be no social Europe and therefore no basis for more jobs and prosperity.