During the month of November, Europe Direct Valletta and MEUSAC, in collaboration with the European Parliament Liaison Office in Malta, organised a series of four weekly discussions on priority themes for the European Union and its Member States.

The themes of the discussions, namely the green and digital transitions, work-life balance and the EU’s social agenda, were explored with the Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister, Carmelo Abela, Maltese Members of the European Parliament and experts in the respective fields.

All four discussions and related themes were tackled in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and its far and wide reaching effects on the European continent.

 

Discussion 1 – 4 November: Towards a Sustainable Economy

The discussion focused on the European Green Deal to speed up the green transition through sustainable economies and make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.

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Discussion 2 – 11 November: Europe in sync with the Digital Era

The Digital Single Market was discussed in view of the Digital Agenda for Europe and the rapid technological changes in the past two decades. The need for addressing the digital divide through innovation and upskilling and reskilling were discussed as the way forward for a European digital era that benefits economies and citizens, safeguarding their protection and security.

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Discussion 3 – 18 November: Work-Life Balance

The European Union in the last decade has been addressing more strongly than ever before its protection of workers in a rapidly changing work environment. Issues that were addressed during the discussion included: new forms of work, Directive on Work-Life Balance, the Right to Disconnect, equal pay for work of equal value, the gender pay gap, and the participation of women in the labour force, and remote working.

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Discussion 4 – 25 November: The EU’s Social Agenda

The technological progress, globalisation and an ageing population have changed drastically the European society. The European Pillar of Social Rights was discussed as an instrument of change towards a fair and just society, that leaves no one behind and gives deserved attention to vulnerable groups and thos at risk of poverty.

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