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Engelstalige brief van EVV over toekomst van de eurozone en de eu

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  • 1. Brussels, 7 December 2011BS/hcUrgent Message of the European Trade Union Confederation ExecutiveCommittee to the European CouncilThe European Trade Union Confederation Executive Committee wishes to send you astrong and urgent message in the context of the European Council discussion ofchanges in the Lisbon Treaty.It is the future of citizens, and not the opinion of rating agencies, to which yourconcerns must be directed. Your common political leadership is essential to prevent acollapse of our economies, recession, mass unemployment and social unrest. Don’tstifle growth and jobs. Don’t imprison EU countries in an economic straitjacket. Thisis not the right solution towards returning to sound budgets.Treaty change must follow a fully democratic process. In no event can it be disguisedinto a technical exercise. The European Trade Union Confederation demands to befully involved in the process leading to any Treaty changes. There can be no quick fixto the Treaty that will not lead to further disillusion among our citizens towards ourpolitical institutions. Immediate solutions can and must be found to meet theexistential threat the European Union faces.The European Union project will unite Europeans if it has the objectives and themeans to be a tool for social progress. This includes respect and promotion offundamental social rights, including trade union rights and the autonomy ofnegotiation. Social Europe must be developed hand in hand with economicintegration. The European Trade Union Confederation demands the inclusion of asocial progress protocol in any revised Treaty.We invite the Prime Minister of the next Presidency to meet all European Trade Unionleaders early January on European Trade Union Confederation concerns and proposals. Bernadette Ségol, General Secretary Boulevard du Roi Albert II, 5 • B – 1210 Bruxelles • Tel: +32 2 224 04 11 Fax: +32 2 224 04 54 / 55 • e-mail: etuc@etuc.org • www.etuc.org