GOTHENBURG, Sweden – Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy advocated on Friday further commitment to the free movement of workers in the European Union and urged for rights such as pensions to be transferable between member states.
Rajoy, a conservative, was speaking at the EU’s Social Summit on fair jobs and growth which was being held in the Swedish coastal city of Gothenburg.
“I propose we work to guarantee the transferability of rights such as pensions, improve [universal] recognition of degree titles and professional qualifications and increase the integration and compatibility of education systems,” the Popular Party leader said.
He highlighted the role of the EU’s Structural and Cohesion funds – reserves that seek to off-set regional wealth disparities – in encouraging growth and employment and offered his support for youth employment initiatives and the European Social Fund, which was set up to support economic cohesion.
“For this, I think the EU must continue its pursuing politics of cohesion as a mechanism to advance social and economic convergence,” he said.
All EU member state leaders were attending the Social Summit in Gothenburg, apart from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was busy negotiating a coalition government following recent elections.