Lasting peace and equitably distributed prosperity are the greatest promises of European unity. Social justice is the cornerstone of social peace. For a lack of social security and unemployment always lead to social distortions, which pave the way for extremism and hostility to democracy. It must therefore be the top priority of Community policy to create and enforce minimum social standards in the Member States. These minimum standards include adequate basic benefits for pensioners.
Those who have worked all their lives must not spend the rest of their lives in poverty. A comprehensive minimum wage must also be introduced in every Member State. There are still no such provisions in countries such as Italy, Sweden or Austria. Where regulations exist, there are considerable differences in the fixed level. We therefore call for the swift creation of binding standards for fair and equitable remuneration in all Member States.
Only with appropriate fixed social standards will it be possible to harmonise living conditions in the Member States in the longer term. If the differences remain, phenomena such as social migration and wage dumping will not be contained.