EPP Social Affairs and Employment Ministers, chaired by Karien van Gennip, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Affairs and Employment of The Netherlands, met today in Brussels ahead of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO). EPP Secretary General Thanasis Bakolas also participated.
The Ministers exchanged views on the recent proposal by the European Commission about legal migration. Additionally, they touched upon the war in the Middle East and possible repercussions on the EU's social cohesion, recent political developments in the member states and the upcoming European elections.
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The EPP Manifesto, also adopted at the 2012 EPP Congress in Bucharest, outlines the basic principles of the Party summarising who we are, what our values are, what challenges are we facing and what vision we have for the future. The Manifesto was developed in parallel to the EPP Platform document within the EPP Working Group 1 for “European Policy”.
The Party Platform was developed in EPP Working Group 1 for “European Policy” chaired by EPP President Wilfried MARTENS ?and EPP Vice President Peter HINTZE. The Working Group consists of delegates of EPP member parties who prepared and worked?on this document for more than two years and received input?from the drafting committee as well as senior and young experts. The document was adopted at the 2012 EPP Congress in Bucharest, thus replacing the Basic Programme of Athens from 1992.