'New Poverty' in the European Community
The countries of the European community are building a single market, to go beyond economic integration and embody a Social Dimension. This, in turn, embraces three key ideas: First, that the fruits of economic progress must be of early and direct benefit to the living and working conditions of the ordinary citizen; Second, that there must be specific compensation for the social dislocations which an accelerated pace of economic change will produce and Finally, that in a labour market which will become Community wide, there must be a concomitant Europeanization of workers' rights of industrial citizenship.
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