MEP slams European ‘Six pack’ over austerity measures.

Glenis Willmott, MEP for the East Midlands and leader of the Labour Party in Europe has branded economic legislation approved in Strasbourg last week as “a step in the wrong direction for Europe”.

The economic six-pack was backed by a majority of MEPs last Wednesday, but it has been criticised as committing countries to austerity policies with insufficient regard to economic growth.

Mrs Willmott said:

“The financial package approved by MEPs last week has failed the ‘jobs test’. The best way to deal with deficits and debt is to help our economies to grow and boost employment, yet there is nothing in these plans on where the jobs will come from.

“Right wing governments across Europe are having a huge impact on a whole generation of young people in particular. It is essential that we restore the hope to young people across Europe that they will be able to get on the jobs ladder. Nothing the right wing parties have pushed through this week will achieve that.

“By persisting with this blinkered, austerity-only approach, European leaders are committing national governments to discredited policies that we can already see are not delivering strong growth.”

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