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Porto Social Forum reinforces the Pillar of Social Rights

Porto Social Forum recognised the social model as a worldwide advantage and highlighted how strong policies can bring numerous benefits to society.

Porto Social Forum recognised today the social model as a global advantage and highlighted - within the framework of the European Year of Skills - how strong policies in skills, education, and training can create better jobs and faster integration into the labor market, promote social inclusion, and consequently increase the resilience and competitiveness of the EU economy and society.

The event, which brought together over 400 delegates from 30 countries in Porto for two days, further emphasised the importance of an integrated strategy to fight poverty, within the multidimensional issue of social exclusion and access to essential services for all people, especially children, highlighting the effective implementation of the European Child Guarantee in various European countries.

"There is only economic prosperity with a strong social dimension," said Ana Mendes Godinho, the Minister of Labor, Solidarity, and Social Security. "Collectively, we must be able to respond to emergencies, crises, but structurally we can never slow down in structural social investment."

At the end of the conference, an Open Letter was signed by 37 European leaders, renewing the commitments of the Porto Social Summit for 2030, foreseeing the acceleration of the target for the European Child Guarantee, as well as in the dimensions of skills and qualifications in the world of the dual transition (digital and environmental).

Porto Social Forum is a biennial initiative promoted by the Portuguese Government with the support of the European Commission, in close cooperation with the European Parliament, and with the participation of social partners and civil society. It marks the second anniversary of the Porto Social Summit.