The whole of Europe is feeling the economic consequences of the pandemic. At times of crisis it is particularly vital for the “social partners to get involved and play a part in shaping change,” declared German Chancellor Angela Merkel during talks at the Tripartite Social Summit.
In a videoconference with European employee and employer representatives, Chancellor Merkel stressed that the European Union is today facing the biggest economic and social challenge since the founding Treaties. She pledged that Germany would “use all the means at our disposal to combat the pandemic and its consequences” during its Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The European recovery fund is an important instrument in these endeavours. It sets an example for investment in sectors with significant potential for the future, such as climate change and the digital transformation, which are already changing our working lives.