EESC President’s Statement on the EU Budget Deal – "A deal is struck but the outcome is disappointing!"
It is good that a deal is struck, but the results are disappointing.
There is a mismatch between what the leaders of the EU Member States have agreed on the EU’s long-term strategy for job-creation and policies for sustainable growth, innovation, education and research, and what they have agreed on how these policies are to be implemented. The EESC has consistently called for more Europe and has also been clear that we cannot have more Europe yet still pay less for it. This runs counter to the goal of inclusive growth and requires serious efforts to find long-term solutions, including (i) support from public funds for inclusive jobs, (ii) innovation, with the aim of maintaining an active labour market, and (iii) retraining activities, with the aim of adapting education to the future needs of the job market.
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