Social services of general interest are a key component of the European social model.

If it is necessary to develop the internal market and strengthen external competitiveness in order to guarantee economic growth throughout the Union area, it is equally important to guarantee the proper functioning of social services throughout the Union.

This will help to guarantee social cohesion throughout the European Union and to lend practical shape to the social aspects of the Lisbon Strategy on the ground.

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