Social protection for the rural population of Europe
In Europe, rural population have specific needs: the nature of the economic activities, agriculture’s restructurings, the central place of agricultural families…
SixÂ countries have chosen to give them autonomous social protection systems in order to answer these needs.
They deal with the whole spectrum of social security: health, pensions, workplace accidents and occupational illnesses, family and/or services. In order to be as close as possible to people, their action is based on a dense territorial network. Mixing proximity and coherence, national orientations and local context, these systems have demonstrated their adaptability and experience.
Their ambition is to constantly adapt their missions to rural mutations, staying true to their values : equity, quality, social justice, autonomy, social democracy and defence of agricultural employment.
Moreover the Single Market and various Treaties are making, and will continue to make, the European Union an indispensable level for coordination with regard to social issues. These latest advances are bringing about the implementation of trans-national cooperation between the different social protection schemes. Simultaneously, the Common Agricultural Policy and the community cohesion policy mean that specific farming and rural factors must be raised to the European level, to defend their requirements and values.
The combination of these tendencies has therefore led the six autonomous agricultural social protection systems of the EU to join their forces through ENASP.