European ministers address labor and social measures to face the Covid-19 health crisis

In this meeting, which was held through videoconference, community strategies have been addressed in the face of the economic and social challenge that, on a global scale, has caused the Covid-19 health crisis.

The representatives of the Government have contributed to this joint evaluation of the European partners the labor and social proposals activated by the Spanish Executive, which have their maximum expression in the package of measures approved in the Council of Ministers last Saturday and Tuesday. It is, as government representatives pointed out, a battery of unprecedented measures in the history of our country, which develops legal mechanisms and procedures to curb the impact of the pandemic on the labor market and on the living conditions of working people and their families.

In each intervention of the European partners, the measures that each country has implemented have been exposed. The priority objectives, shared by all countries, have been established around the following axes: ensuring the health protection of people; ensure the maintenance of business activity as much as possible to return to normality; guarantee security and replacement income to workers.

The Minister of Labor and Social Economy has indicated, after her intervention in the meeting with her European counterparts, that the European Union's response to the Covid-19 virus "must be a collective commitment" and that "EU citizens must know that the European social model will continue to be a guarantee for the future ".

"The Spanish proposal, in this European context", stated the head of Labor and Social Economy, "is ambitious, forceful and adapted not only to the health crisis but also to the need to keep jobs, promote conciliation, extend benefits and guarantee No one should be left behind and that is our objective, "said Díaz, who has also pointed out the importance of the MECUIDA program, for the care of minors, the sick and the elderly by working people, gathered in the Royal Decree Law 8/2020.

The Second Vice President has highlighted the need for a coordinated response to this challenge and the importance of the EU playing a leading role in the implementation of ambitious measures to protect citizens from a new social crisis.

For his part, the Minister for Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, José Luis Escrivá, has pointed out that Spain is currently experiencing one of the "most critical moments in the history of our democracy", although important measures have been taken to tackle this challenge, he assures. The goal is for the country's businesses and economy to remain "so that people can resume their lives as soon as possible."

The ministers and minister also valued the debate generated about the Europe that will come after overcoming this health crisis and the importance of quality public services.

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