‘Ill advised cuts can risk a downward spiral,’ EU Commissioner warns


Governments must avoid policies that axe spending in the name of competitiveness and short-term savings, “but in reality jeopardise future competitiveness and longer-term prosperity”  EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor has said in a speech to the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) today.

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In his keynote speech at the IPPR’s Revitalizing Social Europe event, Mr Andor warned that “polices that axe spending in the name of competitiveness may jeopardise … future prosperity”.

“Ill advised cuts can aggravate [deficit reduction] and risk a downward spiral,” he said.

“For instance, putting public workers out of work may reduce public spending on wages, but it will increase public spending on welfare benefits as well as resulting in a loss of tax revenue.”

The Commissioner also said a rise in social welfare spending at start of crisis held up UK living standards compared to those of Ireland and Greece, and he added that social investment was crucial to ensuring that a stronger, more cohesive and more competitive EU emerged from present crisis.

“It means treading a fine line between reducing spending to improve the public finances and jeopardising the future.”

Mr Andor also defended the EU’s Working Time Directive, which has been subject to much criticism from the Right in Britain of late.

“[The Directive] is a much discussed piece of legislation which I inherited as part of my portfolio, along with the Posting of Workers Directive, that was also controversial in some quarters,” he told the audience.

“A few weeks ago, I saw a set of short BBC interviews of individuals who were responding to questions regarding the consequences if Britain were not a member state of the European Union.

“Among them was a doctor who was very concerned at the effect of long working hours on his capacity to perform his work properly. He was worried that he might make serious errors of judgment affecting his patients through being overworked and lacking sleep.

“Another interviewee was a haulage-company operator. He was worried about unfair competition from other hauliers from other Member States who did not have to comply with the same rules.

“We must work to ensure that employment and social cohesion are given substance in EU policy — on a par with financial consolidation and economic growth.

“The recovery must bring jobs and opportunities for people, not just profits for companies and banks.”

Mr Andor’s full speech can be read here.

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  • LB

    150 bn of Kensian stimulus each and every year, and where’s the growth?

    We’ve taken the Keynsian medicine its not working because its economic voodoo.

    You can’t fix a recession caused by borrow and spend with more borrow and spend.

  • Mick

    Well the EU would talk crap wouldn’t it. It loves to spend and captains the sham of the single currency. Laszlo Laszlo can suck my balls.

    And another thing, he’s right about the benefits bill going up. But it’s been going up anyway, complete with costs in many other areas, even after Labour. And Labour’s gross splurging and failing to save for a rainy day made us defenceless in the face of the global recession.

  • Newsbot9

    Ah yes, straight to the personal attacks against anyone who dares make you 1p poorer with that “workers rights” thing. And keep desperately blaming Labour for your being caught red handed breaking Britain’s economic legs.

  • Newsbot9

    But you think you can spend it by stealing food. Thanks for that demonstration of black satanic magic,

    Keep claming that pork-barrel spending, and spending caused by abolishing cost-saving measures and on keeping people out of jobs (“workfare”) is “Kensian”. It’s about as good as your holocaust denial.

  • LB

    Holocaust is real, caused by socialists is Germany.

    Same with the genocides in Cambodia.

    The mass killings in Russia, socialists.

    Spot the pattern.

  • Mick

    “Ah yes, straight to the personal attacks ….”

    So says poor little Newsbot, slamming me as spitting on the workers, killing the workers, hitting people like a machine and more junk besides.

    Don’t even know why I respond to his spam ladies and gentlemen but, well, when you inspect a cesspit, expect to be covered in worse than honey.

  • LB

    Forget saving, they never were.

    It’s the debt. It’s all about the debt.,

    Follow the chain, where are the pension debts? All off the books because they spent it, all of it.

  • Mick

    Don’t bother, he’s an anarchist spammer. ‘Black satanic magic’.

  • Newsbot9

    As In said, absolute denial of the holocaust. Your far right caused it. The pattern is your denial of your ideology’s history of violence.

  • Newsbot9

    Yes, keep blaming me for your persistent failure to use cause and effect, then accuse me of spam when you’re a genocidal thug. Thanks for shilling right alongside your anti-pension, holocaust denying buddy. You fit right in with him!

    And yes, I’m a mutualist. And? Still not genocidal!

    (And yes, “black satanic magic” is apt given Blagger’s turn of phrase. And? Keep fighting for your ritual sacrifices)

  • LB

    Labour’s BNP tendency I think. Probably kicked out as a Labour wonk.

  • Newsbot9

    Yes, keep trying to call accurate descriptions of your posts “junk”. Keep on calling anything not your far right screaming “spam”. And of course you’re trying to drag people into your cesspit, and smear with with something really nasty – your views.

    You’ll keep shilling for your views, of course.

  • Newsbot9

    Yes, you’re all about keeping the debt high. And you’re back to trying to prevent the intended pension spending out of current funds again I see. Huddle with your new genocidal friend there!

  • LB

    And you’re for looting people’s pension money. Hence the desire to hide the debt, and keep the cash flowing to yourself and you mates.

    5,300 bn hidden off the books, and you can’t explain where the money’s gone.

  • Newsbot9

    No, I’m not you, I’m not a multi-billion pound fraudster trying to prevent pensions being paid so you can make more cash.

  • Mick

    Many in Labour’s BNP tendency are promoted.

    Milliband’s candidate for the Eastleigh election is none other than the bloke who wanted to see the IRA bomb Margaret Thatcher again. And he wasn’t the only one. (Plus the last TUC conference saw a foyer stall selling ‘party packs’ anticipating the Iron Lady’s DEATH.)

    Honestly, it takes an electoral drubbing to see the weirdos and cranks shoot straight to the surface again in that veritable prime bastion of left wing arsery..

  • Newsbot9

    Keep on mad-libbing. Your far right can’t kill enough fast enough for you!

  • Mick

    Mutualists are anarchists who hate landlords and bank customers as their loans and rents aren’t ‘earned’, who want a barter economy based on what they dictate workers are ‘worth’, etc. We wnt through that crap before. You don’t need to kill races to be mental.

    And given anarchists are also regularly involved in riots we have, you don’t have much gravitas pretending to be all straight and decent.

    And who denied the holocaust? I didn’t. I’ve seen no evidence of LB or whoever doing it either. Just more of your ranting because you can’t answer questions propely.

  • Mick

    Look at Newsbot! He can’t tell the difference between denying the holocaust and denying you deny it! Aaaaah, bless.

    And he can’t grasp that just because he says something, that doesn’t make it so. Aaaah! Have a lollipop and trash some shops with your anarchist pals! Then blame David Cameron!

  • Newsbot9

    Ah right, so you’re a holocaust denier as well as denying cause and effect.

    Keep on trying to say I’m a violent thug like you, as you utter your arrant class-war slogans.

  • Newsbot9

    Completely incorrect, as usual.

    You’re talking up what you want for the 99%, as ever. And no, but people who want to kill races like you always are mental.

    What riots are these? And you deny WWII happened, got it. I’ve answered your questions, you run from the answers because neo-Nazi scum like you…

  • Mick

    ‘…So you’re a holocaust denier as well …’

    My theory proved. He can’t. Dick.

  • Newsbot9

    Your theory that you’re a virulent anti-Semite and holocaust denier? Yes, you keep calling me a “dick”.