Katrougalos: EU-wide social security systems needed to address Europe’s legitimacy issues

The European Union should address its “existential legitimacy issues” by adopting the proposals of the European Parliament, civil society and trade unions, including those for a European-wide social security system to support the unemployed, Greece’s Alternate Foreign Minister George Katrougalos urged his colleagues at the General Affairs Council in Brussels on Tuesday.

He also suggested adoption of a minimum wage linked to average wages in each country, harmonisation of taxation policies and establishing a ‘Eurogroup’ for labour and social affairs ministers.

Katrougalos presented Greece’s priority, with emphasis on the social aspects and the democratisation of EU economic governance, at the GAC and during successive meetings that he held on the sidelines of the Council and in the European Parliament.

He also referred to the refugee issue, underlining the need to respect EU decisions for the relocation of refugees.