Prime Minister Jüri Ratas will be travelling to Gothenburg, Sweden, in order to participate tomorrow in the European Union Social Summit, where the focus will be on fair employment and economic growth. Since Estonia is the current holder of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Prime Minister Ratas will be signing the European Pillar of Social Rights on behalf of the 28 member states.
The European Pillar of Social Rights includes 20 basic social rights, and the goal is to ensure people better access to the labour market, fair working conditions and social protection.
"The European Union must, above all, improve the well-being of people and maintain a common value system and cultural space in Europe. People must have the right to work flexibly and educate themselves, so that they would be able to cope on the rapidly changing labour market in the digital age. Working and personal fulfilment provide people with a feeling of security and inject faith into the European Union, but also reduce the alienation from power and the grounds for extremism," said Prime Minister Ratas, highlighting the importance of social topics in the EU.
The EU’s first Social Summit in the past 20 years will bring heads of state and heads of government, ministers of labour, as well as representatives of employers and employees and other important stakeholders to Gothenburg.
The recurring themes at the Social Summit are the promotion of fair employment and economic growth and equal opportunities. These are also the bases for three parallel working sessions. Prime Minister Ratas will be participating in the discussion focusing on coping with changing jobs, i.e. the question of what type of support is required by people who must acquire new skills or undergo retraining during their career, and how can countries or the EU support them in the transition.
At the working lunch, Prime Minister Ratas will provide an overview of the role of education and culture in implementing the single market and ensuring sustainable economic growth.
Today, on the eve of the summit, Prime Minister Ratas will be meeting with Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden, with whom he will be discussing the state of play of Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and relations between Estonia and Sweden, including prospects for digital cooperation.