Master of austerity in charge of Europe’s social dialogue and social impact

Valdis Dombrovskis, who was Latvia’s Prime Minister from 2009 to 2014, has just been appointed as the European Commission’s Vice President for the Euro and Social dialogue. Among other things (according to his EC profile) he will be responsible for “Making decisions about support for struggling eurozone countries more democratically, legitimate and better taking into account the social impact they might have”  BUT:

…during the years of his leadership, from 2008 to 2013 the number of people living in poverty in Latvia increased by 75% which is the third largest increase in the EU after Romania and Greece. As a result of this in 2013 about 35% of Latvia’s population live at a risk of poverty.

poverty in europe

* link to the original source of data

With these facts on the table, what makes one think that this austerity master, who bailed out Latvia’s semi-Scandi-owned banking sector and implemented the ‘euro project’ at a massive social cost, will now be able to look after social impact on European level? Does this staggering outcome of his leadership years gives him in this position any credibility at all? If he could not care and do much about the social impact of his EU/IMF-praised austerity policies in a tiny Latvia with 2 million people, I just wonder how he will care better about 507 million EU citizens. I just wonder, what exactly made him the best candidate for this job?

I just wonder…


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