President Prokopis Pavlopoulos spoke on Thursday of the need to defend the European welfare state within the EU as a basic reaction against the dangers arising “from the aggression of extreme market structures in the context of the fully globalized economy” during a speech at the 13th Arraiolos Group Informal Meeting, held today and tomorrow in Malta.
As he has pointed out, the defense of the European rule of law is a requirement of primary European law, the violation of which implies specific sanctions.
“The main institutional foundation on which the aforementioned regulatory framework of the social rule of law is based on in European law is the principle of solidarity: Both as a general principle of European law and in the individual versions – at least fifteen – in which it appears in several articles of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,” he said.
“It also seems to us that we are faced with a serious challenge, which consists in simultaneously respecting all the individual aspects and guarantees of the principle of solidarity. Above all, the aspects and guarantees of the principle of social solidarity, and thus of the social rule of Law, which are now subject to the greatest pressure,” he added.
The meeting is hosted by the Maltese President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca.