The member states of the presidency trio - Germany, Portugal and Slovenia - could not be more different, whether in terms of location, size or how long they have been in the EU. Nevertheless, Germany’s Federal Minister of Labour Hubertus Heil, Portugal's Labour Minister Ana Mendes Godinho and Slovenia’s Labour Minister Janez Cigler Kralj all agree on one central point: In order to emerge from the crisis stronger than before, measures to boost the economy must go hand in hand with measures to promote social security, good working conditions and fair pay. These three elements form the basic framework for a more socially oriented Europe.
The Corona pandemic and its impact have shown how important this social framework is - and that a joint European response is needed. In a joint article for DIE WELT, Federal Labour Minister Hubertus Heil and his counterparts explain their vision for a more socially oriented Europe. You can read the entire article here (German version only).