• TOGETHER - A new direction for a progressive Europe - Stand up for our future!

    Europe is at a crossroads. Populist and anti-EU parties are on the rise across Europe. For the first time a member state has voted to leave the Union and we are still struggling to get to grips with both the refugee and eurozone crises. Europe desperately needs to be reformed with new ideas, taking a new direction.

    To do this we need to work Together. We are launching a new journey for Europe. A journey where your voice can help shape the future of European politics. A journey towards a fairer, sustainable and more equal Europe. A global Europe, capable of facing and tackling global challenges.

    Together is more than a political promise: it means involving our citizens in building a progressive Europe. Over the next 18 months, we will be holding events across the EU encouraging citizens to contribute to this new direction for Europe.

    Our launch event on 19 October 2016 was a great success - find out more here. The event was webstreamed and ended with the adoption of the 'Together  Declaration'.

    The latest Together event took on the challenges of the digital world  'Together for young people, social solidarity and equality in the digital age' and you can read more about the debate and the conclusions below.

    Watch this space for more information about the next Together event - #EuropeTogether

The S&D Group is proud of having launched the Together initiative on 19 October 2016, along with our partners. This was only the beginning of a journey where citizens will play a driving role in shaping our policies.

Our next stop was in Prague on 2 December 2016 around the PES Council and the topic for discussion was the Digital Agenda. Digitisation is changing the way we do everything, from how we work to how we spend our free time. It offers huge opportunities for new jobs and new ways to enrich our lives but it also brings many new challenges. As progressives, managing the digital transition and ensuring no one is left behind is a priority. We want to bridge the digital divide and work with you so that a digital Europe can be a platform for activism, can bring new quality jobs for young people and a sustainable digital labour market.

During our ‘Together for young people, social solidarity and equality in the digital age’ we discussed the draft Prague Digital Declaration which sets out ‘Digital policies that will bring Europe TOGETHER!’
 
The big questions for the night were:

• New job opportunities for young people in digital economy?
• European digital labour market and new ways of social solidarity?
• Fighting for digital equality for all?

Speakers included:

• Jan Hamáček, Chair of CZ Parliament   
• Nicolas Schmit, Luxembourg Minister of Social Affairs and Digital
• Myriam El Khomri, French Minister of Employment
• Tomas Prouza, Czech State Secretary on the Digital Agenda,
• Josef Weidenholzer, Vice-President S&D Group
• Marju Lauristin MEP, Vice-President S&D Group
• Victor Negrescu MEP
• Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt (Malmö University);
• Christof  Degryse (ETUI),  
• Mark Walker (Abilitynet)

You can also read more about our group’s position on the Digital Agenda here 

PRAGUE DIGITAL DECLARATION: TOGETHER FOR YOUNG PEOPLE, SOCIAL SOLIDARITY AND EQUALITY IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Prague Digital Declaration
Together for young people, social solidarity and equality in the digital age

We are building a European Digital Union for growth, a better future, new quality jobs and new forms of solidarity. A sustainable
digital economy should:

• Support and inspire people to develop digital businesses, e-services and e-commerce that provide ‘digital solutions’ for people and
society in Europe and globally.
• Create quality jobs for all, with a special emphasis on young people and women, and invest in quality jobs in digital public services.
• Invest and develop platforms in digital skills and literacy, creativity, innovation and a good working environment.
• Support young entrepreneurs to help them deal with risk, get access to funding and scale-up European SMEs.
• Develop digital infrastructure and promote universal access to an open, borderless internet.
• Ensure fair rules on remuneration for all in the digital economy: young people, journalists, creators and innovators, so that they can
enjoy a fair living income.
• Develop new inclusive technologies for a data-driven economy, while promoting privacy by design to ensure that open data flows
and big-data applications will respect personal privacy.
• Open up access to data including access to research and scientific outcomes.

The ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ will create digital winners and digital losers. In the European digital labour market, we should:

• Reduce the impact of the digital economy on social-protection systems and prevent inequalities.
• Develop and organise new ways to guarantee workers’ rights and workers’ representation, decent working conditions, fair
competition and social protection for all.
• Ensure universal access to training and retraining in digital skills, in order to create the conditions for effective and equal
participation in the digital single market for all citizens – young and old, rural and urban, well-off and poor. Support school curricula
and teacher training in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), digital skills and coding.
• Clarify the employment status of platform workers and guarantee that this does not create new forms of social dumping. Organise
the portability of workers’ rights as they move around in the European digital labour market.
• Create platforms for collective bargaining in the digital sector and extend collective agreements to individuals engaged in new forms of work.
• Allow citizens to have the choice to ‘switch off’ – support those who do not wish to embrace the digital revolution.
• Create fair competition, prevent tax dumping and distribute wealth by reviewing EU tax policy so that international companies contribute
their fair share of national taxes and charges in countries where they operate and finance Europe’s economic and social model.


To fight for digital equality for all and guarantee the protection of consumers’ rights on the digital market, we should:

• Provide affordable and accessible connectivity for all at a local and regional level and across the whole of the EU, and fund it with
a EU digital cohesion policy.
• Promote digital citizenship including e-democracy and digital civic education at local, national and European level.
• Incentivise all citizens, including those people living with disabilities, unemployed and migrant populations, to take advantage
of the digital society.
• More online e-government services should be made available to all.
• Ensure that all users (irrespective of age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, country or economic status)
are protected equally online, including protection against online harassment.
• Ensure that social media providers and users respect fundamental values including the rule of law.
• Guarantee the portability of legally acquired content when downloading abroad and roam-like-at-home when travelling.
• Support the development of technologies (3D printing, robotics and artificial intelligence) that can benefit people.
• Ensure that digital technology helps all citizens communicate and connect – so that all citizens are heard and listened to.


Digital policies must bring Europe TOGETHER!

TOGETHER DECLARATION

TOGETHER - A new direction for a progressive Europe - Stand up for our future!

Europe is at a crossroads. Brexit is just the latest in a long string of crises that have dramatically weakened the European project. The survival of the European Union is now in danger. Either we accept the decline of Europe or we change this Europe to make it greater.

To make the Union stronger, what we need is a new direction for Europe. Europe   desperately   needs   to   be   reformed   with   new   ideas   and  the
progressive forces have the duty to take the lead  in this battle for change. This requires a fresh insight and political creativity as we cannot limit ourselves to the answers of the past while Europe is changing.

To do this we need to work  Together, to harness all possible energies amongst our citizens.

We are launching a new journey for Europe. A journey where everyone’s voice can help shape the future of European politics. A journey towards a fairer, sustainable and more equal Europe. A global Europe, capable of facing and tackling global challenges.

Together is more than a political promise: it means involving our citizens in building a progressive Europe. Over the next 18 months, we will be holding events across the EU encouraging citizens to contribute to this new direction for Europe.

“None is an island, entire in itself”. Only Together we can shake up the status quo and stand up for a progressive Europe. The Journey has started. Join us!

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