Anna Diamantopoulou’s speech to Eurofound’s Foundation Forum 2022 for the future of social protection

Back to 1881, when the foundations of the welfare state laid, Bismarck affirmed that the state should offer the people in need “a helping hand in distress…Not as alms, but as a right”. The EU has passionately served this purpose and expanded the welfare state. I was fortunate enough to serve as a Europeancommissioner during the period where two major changes took place: the enlargement of Europe and the introduction of Euro.  Today, several years after…