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Prime Minister Janez Janša: The best social policy strives to generate new and high-quality jobs

On Friday, 7 May, Prime Minister Janez Janša will attend the Porto Social Summit. The event is organised by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union and includes a high-level conference with social partners and an informal meeting of the EU heads of state or government.

Its general objective is to determine the EU agenda on social policy for the next decade and ensure that current and future challenges are tackled in such a way that no one will be overlooked. Member States, the European institutions, social partners and civil society will meet within the framework of the high-level conference to enhance their commitment to the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights.

In his video address before the meeting, Prime Minister Janša highlighted that the European Union formed a unique social and economic model in which solidarity and prosperity are closely intertwined. "It is a search for new ways of ensuring these two values will contribute to European prosperity and our way of life. The best social policy strives to generate new and high-quality jobs," emphasised the Prime Minister, adding that the path to recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic is digital and green. "We must not overlook the burning issue of demography, too. Which is why expectations for the Porto Social Summit are great," stressed the Prime Minister.

He further noted that the leaders will dedicate special attention to discussions on the quality of jobs in Europe. "In this way, the position of the European Union in the world economy will be enhanced. We will ensure the prosperity of EU citizens and develop a supportive environment for business success," explained Prime Minister Janša.

He concluded that he looked forward to participating in the debate on skills and innovations.