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This week the European Commission launched the 2015 work plan including 23 new proposals and 80 items of pending legislation for withdrawal or amendment. SOLIDAR is most notably disappointed by the foreseen withdrawal of the Maternity Leave Directive and is strongly concerned about the overemphasis of “cutting red tape” in the frame of the Regulatory Fitness and Performance programme (REFIT) and thereby potentially undermining European social and environmental standards and paving the way for more deregulation. The protection of workers and our environment are by no means a unnecessary bureaucratic burden but rather fundamental pillars of our European societies. SOLIDAR, together with our allies and partners will continue to advocate for comprehensive social protection and social inclusion which cannot be achieved by a one-sided focus on jobs creation without the guarantee of social rights.
Taking stock of the successes and outreach of our common mobilisations in the past like the European Years , but also of the limits encountered, SOLIDAR together with many other networks thought that it is time to look ahead to what we can do to ensure sustainability of our action and build on civil dialogue.
CSOs from the Western Balkans in Brussels – discussing further cooperation and sharing best practices
On 15 and 16 December SOLIDAR in partnership with Olof Palme Center International organized a study visit for civil society representatives from the Western Balkans. The main goal of the study visit was to introduce the EU enlargement policy development process to the participants from Albania, Kosovo and Serbia.
Council Conclusions on Post-2015: a step in the right direction
Today (16 December 2014), the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) adopted its Conclusions on a “transformative post-2015 agenda”. SOLIDAR considers the Council ambition to contribute to achieve a transformative agenda that leaves ‘no one behind’ and that tackles exclusion and inequality a step in the right direction.
In particular, SOLIDAR welcomes the reference to social protection for all as well as to human rights and fundamental freedoms.