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PES European Affairs Ministers support a strong EU Investment Plan

The ministers had the opportunity to exchange on the agenda of the upcoming European Council, and particularly on the need to support and reinforce the European Investment Plan to relaunch growth and jobs in Europe. The PES has been calling for the need for more progressive investment for years, recently reaffirmed with a common declaration of the PES Presidency. The Commission’s proposal is a long awaited first step, but many more efforts remain to be done to adequately address the core challenges of growth and employment.

The ministers also shared views and agreed on two other issues that are of fundamental importance for our political family: strengthening Europe’s social dimension, and promoting a strong rule of law mechanism to protect European democracies.

List of presence

Harlem Desir, Minister Delegate for European Affairs, France; Sandro Gozi, State Secretary for European Affairs, Italy; Peter Javorcik, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Slovakia; Bert Koenders, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands; Dimitris Kourkoulas, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Greece; Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office, Germany; Yonnec Polet, Deputy Secretary General, PES

For more recent PES news on social and employment affairs, see also the recent joint declaration of the PES Social Affairs and Employment ministers.

For details on the recent PES Democracy and Society Network Conference on 21-22 November in Vienna.

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