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Seven immediate steps towards a European social policy. Information [Social Policy] 51/73 A

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,.·· . ~' ,; . <;:OMM.ISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES /. Press and lnfor"'!ation Directorate-General { I. -- ·-:-7'--."-'/ 8·1040 BRUSSELS Rue de Ia Loi 200 Tel. 3150040 ext. 2690 Telex COMEURBRU 21877 SEVEN IMMEDIATE .STEPS TOWARDS A EUROPEAN SOCIAL POLICY The _EEC Commission has approved and sent to the Council of Ministers a S~cial ~ction Programme, as request~d by tha Pari~ S~mmi~ Conference .in. O~tober 1972. This ·:Programme proposes.seve~_~ctions to be underta).<:en. . . \ . . . ~ . immediately, the rest in-1974-76., ·. ··· · · ·· · . ' . ;;_. ' CONTENTS A. Introduction B. The seven immediate actions 1. 40~hours week, 4 weeks annual paid holiday 2. Equal pay for men and women 3· Mass dismissal$ ;. '·· _,.·· 4. Social Fund aid for migrant workers and handicapped workers 5· Handicapped workers in an open market economy • 6. Industrial safety 7• European Foundation for the environment, living and working .· condi tiona· · C •. Cone lusion . ~- ... N.B. Other notes in this series dealing with the Social Action- Programme: The Social Action Programme (Background and Guidelines) (N_o• 51/73 Full and better employment (No. t;l/7~ B) Improving living and working conditions (No. t;l/7~ C) -Participation and industrial democracy (No •. 51/73.D) · 587/X/73-E ., User Rectangle User Rectangle - 2- A. IN'l'RODUCTION The Paris Summit Conference of the Heads of State or Government, held in October 1972, decided that the Community should adopt a comprehensive Social Action Programme by 1st January 1973. The leaders of the Nine "emphasised that they attached as muoh importance to vigorous action in the social field "as tci'"the achievement of economic and monetary union"~ They added "!;hat "eoonoliiC expansion fs not an end in itself. Its firm aim should be to enable disparities ~ • , . • r , • • • • • : , • , • , • · · iri livini conditions to be reduced •••• It should. result in an .improvement

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