14:04 - ECONOMY: EU PARLIAMENT, INVESTMENTS ON A EUROPEAN SCALE AND MINIMUM WAGES
(Sir Europe - Strasbourg) - The parliamentary session is closing with some recommendations the MEPs sent to the EU Commission and the member states about work and economy. With a resolution endorsed by about two thirds of the available votes, Parliament emphasises the need for investments that will create jobs and growth, especially in green economy and new technology, funds to help the most vulnerable social classes (by strengthening welfare and health services), the establishment of minimum wages to face the problem of widespread poverty and social dumping. In addition, the text favours the option to create a European guarantee for the young, as defined by French MEP and rapporteur Pervenche Berès, to bring the young closer to the work world by involving and supporting small- and medium-sized businesses. Berès repeated the figures of the crisis, with 6 million jobs lost in less than four years, while, to abide by the commitments undertaken by the 27 member states under the Europe 2020 strategy, over 17 million jobs should be created in eight years time. Parliament asks the national governments to make efforts to produce a European investment package by the end of the year to push Europe out of the crisis.