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EU must deliver on income inequality and social justice – Boylan

19 January, 2017 - by Lynn Boylan MEP


Speaking this morning in the European Parliament on the European Pillar of Social Rights, Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has called for the European Union to draft an EPSR that delivers in a manner that will combat poverty, income inequality and other serious social injustices.

Dublin MEP Boylan said:

“If the EPSR is to be successful and deliver on its stated aims, then it has to represent what the citizens of Europe need and want.

“It is my hope that through the contributions made by the European Parliament, social partners, and civil society that the EPSR can be aligned so as to guarantee social rights in the manner that citizens deserve, and in a manner that will combat poverty, income inequality and other serious social injustices.

“It is time the EU works to ensure that social policy is not considered a burden to economic growth, but rather the two are considered to be symbiotic. I hope that the EPSR will achieve this.

“The EPSR provides a great chance for the EU to move in a new direction, to prove it has the capability to change post in how the union works post-Brexit.

“Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that the European Union does not let European citizens down and that it seizes the opportunity which the EPSR presents.

“However, if the EU proves incapable of change and it continues in a business as usual manner, then European citizens will suffer further and the EU will be the recruiter in chief for euro scepticism.” 

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