Government must increase EU support

16th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

16 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – Trade unions and employers' organisations represented on the Social Economic Council (SER) have called on the government to create more public support for Europe.

16 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – Trade unions and employers' organisations represented on the Social Economic Council (SER) have called on the government to create more public support for Europe.

The FNV primarily wants a more social policy. Employers' organisation VNO-NCW says the EU's decision making must be more effective and that the benefits of the EU, like increased economic stability, prosperity and employment, should be emphasised.

In the run-up to the 50th anniversary of the founding of the EU, it emerged on Friday that the SER is concerned about the scepticism towards Europe in the Netherlands. FNV chairperson Agnes Jongerius said that workers now associate the EU with the "breaking down of social rights and job security."

The SER will also most likely approve a recommendation to the government today to step up efforts to attract knowledge migrants. More and more expats are finding their way to the Netherlands, but not nearly enough, says the SER.

The Netherlands is lagging behind the rest of the Western world in attracting foreign talent. Nevertheless the number of knowledge workers hired at businesses and scientific institutes doubled in 2005. Still there are too many bureaucratic obstacles for newcomers, the SER said.

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