Editorial: Towards a Strong Political Third Sector
Next week the SOLIDAR network will gather at its Annual General Assembly and elect a new board. As a progressive civil society organisation, we currently represent 56 member organisations in 25 countries which brings together more than 10 million members. We believe that we have an important role to play, not only in following EU policy making in our different areas of work, but to contribute through our work and our alliances to setting another agenda which shows a way out of the crisis.
The European Social Model - appreciated at the beginning of the crisis - is deteriorating, and inequality and social exclusion are growing. There is a high risk that a whole generation of young people, who are highly qualified and trained, but unable to access the labour market will be scarred. Trade unions have a central role in defending workers in the work place and through social dialogue, an essential part of our European Social Model.
In these times we need an active European civil society that puts Article 11 of the Lisbon Treaty into practice and develops alternatives based on values, competences and partnerships. Furthermore, we need to continue to build international alliances around the Global Networkwhich gathered last week in Rio (see article below). We need to continue promoting social protection and social justice for all, at a time where economic justice seems to be out of reach.
Together for a more social Europe, for social investment and a strong political third sector!
Conny Reuter, Secretary General