According to ETUC, a "central theme" of the forthcoming Finnish EU presidency (July to December 2006) should be encouraging investment in innovation and technology across Europe - following Finland's example - to boost the supply of high quality jobs, say the unions.

Europe needs to concentrate on a positive agenda, to answer the most pressing concerns of citizens and workers, to restore their confidence and their support for the EU, declared John Monks, General Secretary of ETUC. Finland's experience is very important to get a positive message across Europe and to contribute to the definition of Europe's model of economic and social development in an enlarged EU and a globalised world.

The Trade Union Memorandum which is attached, highlights three priority areas: Social Europe, the social dimension of the internal market, and trade and external relations.

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