Europe must address young people’s social realities across Europe to win their confidence in the European project, said Maltese MEP and former Prime Minister Alfred Sant during an activity organised by the European Parliament Office in Malta with the theme ‘L-Ewropa Fis-Suq mal-MPE Maltin’ at the Valletta Food Market.

The Maltese MEP said that while a number of young people appreciate positive tailor-made projects like Erasmus+, we should not forget other European youths who are experiencing bad social conditions.

“A report by the European Commission highlights dissatisfaction with working life and degrading job conditions among young people in Europe. Lack of security, precarious work and the exploitation of young people in the digital sector are all signs that demonstrate that much needs to be done on the regulation of work conditions in Europe.”

Dr Sant emphasised that the EU needs the tools to address these shortfalls.

“Although the EU is managed with good intentions, it must care more about those carrying the burdens caused by its own decisions. Young people, workers, pensioners and those who need social protection are shouldering these burdens. These dilemmas are a result of the mechanisms used by the European project which cannot continue to be ignored and must be addressed.”

Dr Sant said that the structures created by the single market placed the burdens on large sectors of the populations across Europe who, with their backs to the wall, are protesting the European project and sharing their solidarity with the populist movements.

“And Europe is as yet not facing this dilemma”, argued the Maltese MEP.

Maltese Version – ALFRED SANT JGĦID LI L-EWROPA TRID TINDIRIZZA L-BŻONNIJIET SOĊJALI TAŻ-ŻGĦAŻAGĦ

Il-Kap tad-delegazzjoni Maltija Laburista fil-Parlament Ewropew Alfred Sant qal li l-Ewropa trid tindirizza l-bżonnijiet soċjali taż-żgħażagħ Ewropej u tindirizza d-diffikultajiet li qed jiltaqgħu magħhom biex dawn ikollhom fiduċja fil-proġett Ewropew. Dr Sant kien qed jitkellem waqt attivita` organizzata mill-Uffiċċju tal-Parlament Ewropew f’Malta bl-isem ta’ ‘L-Ewropa Fis-Suq mal-MPE Maltin’, fis-Suq tal-Belt Valletta.

Dr Sant qal li filwaqt li għadd ta’ żgħażagħ igawdu minn proġetti mfassla apposta għalihom mill-Ewropa bħal Erasmus+, li huma tajbin u pożittivi, ma rridux ninsew lil dawk li qed jaraw il-qagħda soċjali tagħhom sejra lura.

“Rapport tal-Kummissjoni Ewropea stess jiżvela d-dwejjaq bil-ħajja tax-xogħol u kundizzjonijiet degradanti tax-xogħol fost iż-żgħażagħ fl-Ewropa. Ħafna żgħażagħ Ewropej qed isibuha diffiċli jsibu xogħol ta’ kwalita`. In-nuqqas ta’ sigurta`, il-prekarjat u l-mod kif isir l-ingaġġ tal-ħaddiema f’ċertu setturi bħal fil-qasam diġitali huma sinjali li jindikaw li s-suq tax-xogħol fl-Ewropa mhux regolat tajjeb.”

Dr Sant emfasizza kemm l-Unjoni Ewropea teħtieġ l-għodod biex tindirizza dawn in-nuqqasijiet.

“Għalkemm l-Unjoni Ewropea qed titmexxa b’fini tajba, trid tikkonsidra aktar lil dawk li jġorru il-piżijiet minħabba d-deċiżjonijiet li tieħu. U min qed iġorrhom dawn il-piżijiet? Qed iġorruhom in-nies, dawk iż-żgħażagħ, ħaddiema u penzjonanti u dawk li jifilħu l-inqas fis-soċjeta`. Il-mekkaniżmi li qed jintużaw fil-proġett Ewropew awtomatikament qed jaħdmu b’dan il-mod. Dawn id-dilemmi jridu jiġu indirizzati u ma jistgħux jibqgħu injorati.”

Dr Sant qal li l-istrutturi li nbdew biex joħolqu suq wieħed Ewropew tefgħu l-piżijiet fuq faxex sħaħ tal-popolazzjoni li qed jiġu darhom mal-ħajt u qed iduru kontra l-proġett Ewropew u jsiru solidali mal-partiti populisti.

“U din hija xi ħaġa li l-Ewropa għadha mhix tiffaċċjaha.” qal Dr Sant.