People first: A new direction for Europe
Thursday 07 May 2009
Relaunching the economy and preventing new financial crises
* Reform financial markets with regulations covering all financial players, end tax havens and scams.
* Implement a strategy for smart green growth and jobs, complete the internal market and conclude a European Pact for the Future of Employment.
* Ensure workers and businesses benefit from economic change by providing retraining and access to credit.
New Social Europe – giving people a fairer deal
* Seek agreement on a European social progress pact and include a social progress clause in all legislation.
* Promote fair tax policies, strengthen collective bargaining, information and consumer rights and establish a European charter for internships.
* Protect citizens’ rights through transparency and accountability of EU institutions.
Transforming Europe into the leading global force against climate change
* Successfully lead international negotiations for a global climate deal and increase support for developing countries.
* Establish a more ambitious EU climate and energy policy in all policy areas, while leaving each member state to decide whether to use nuclear power.
Championing gender equality in Europe
* Make gender equality a reality for all by creating a European women’s rights charter, improve parental leave rights and campaign for equal gender representation in EU decision making bodies.
Developing an effective migration policy
* Set common standards for legal migration into the EU and the integraton of migrants and develop a Common External Border Control Policy.
* Strengthen cooperation with third countries and establish fair asylum rules.
Enhancing Europe’s role as a partner for peace, security and development
* Promote peace and security through conflict prevention and post-crisis management abroad.
* Promote partnerships and stability in countries neighbouring the EU and elsewhere in the world.
* Eradicate poverty by reaching the 2015 UN Millennium Goals and use EU trade agreements to promote economic and social development.
The manifesto is available at