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"And now, Mr President, for the social Europe! It is my belief that, if we want this enlargement to still be a real cause for celebration in the years to come, we have to meet our fellow-citizens’ expectations. What they ask of us is a social Europe, an economic and social model to be the continuing backbone of our European Union, and jobs for all. For that, then, there are three great guiding principles. The first is this: where are we going, tomorrow, to create added value in the European Union? The EU will have to reflect on this and on what tomorrow’s jobs will be. They will be local jobs. They will be jobs that do not exist today, connected with the quality of life, associated with personal services. We will also need to be able to gain control of our sources of finance and investment. In those Member States that were until very recently called ‘old Europe’ and are now part of the new Europe of twenty-five, there are great fears about relocations. As we now know, there is similar fear among the ten countries that have just joined us about the prospect of a brain drain to the West, and even more so, of businesses taking flight, whether westwards or to India or China. So this issue of relocations is one that we have to discuss together, as we gain control of our research efforts and denounce national policies aimed at reducing it. We also have to put in place real strategies for industrial policy. In the 1990s, we were able to do it in the car industry – and it is thus that the European Union still has today six car manufacturers – at a time when everyone thought the industry was doomed by Japanese expansion. We have to regain our capacity for strength through unity, or for strength in the Union. The second great guiding principle is that of rights. There will be no cohesion in Europe, nor will there be a consolidated social and economic model, if goods simply circulate without there being, as we have defined in the Charter, rights for all, which are a matter for the social responsibility of businesses or of an occupational social security scheme. Finally, we will need real solidarity around a Budget that it will not be possible to confine, as some would have us do, within the meagre envelope of 1% of GNP. There can, however, be no Budget solidarity without fiscal solidarity."@en1

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