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EU Leaders meet for informal social summit in Porto

An informal meeting of EU Leaders taking place in Porto is focusing on the social sector as a background to the current pandemic. Prime Minister Abela is participating in a virtual manner as he is currently undergoing quarantine.

The meeting was organised as a result of Portugal’s Presidency of the EU Council in which EU Leaders discussed major problems in the social sector including the challenges being presented by the pandemic.

The informal meeting will include virtual exchanges with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with India going through difficult pandemic circumstances with a number of EU countries providing medical support to try to contain the spread of the pandemic.

Tomorrow, EU Leaders are expected to continue discussing an EU Pillar on Social Rights at national and European level based on an action plan that phased by the EU Commission last March.

This is a plan so that by nine years’ time, employment in the EU will reached 78% and the conditions of 60% will be improved in their skills through various courses while the increase of those at poverty level will be contained at 15 million persons, including five million children.

At the end of the informal summit EU Leaders are expected to adopt a Porto Declaration that will provide a digital vision, will cover environmental issues and just transitions within the EU.