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Pledge text : Acknowledging that there are many arguments in favour of the thesis that States' budgets must begin the process of fiscal consolidation before financial crisis comes to an end, we admit that this undoubtedly means that, during this period, States will seek to keep a tight rein while imposing among others further cuts in the welfare budget, and thus putting welfare State under enormous pressure.
As it is our common belief that social protection represents an important instrument for redistribution and solidarity being at the very heart of the European project - especially in times of crisis which are times of high vulnerability for the poor - as National Society we recognize the importance of taking a leading role in influencing government policy to take all appropriate measures in order to:

- create an important safety net for those who have suddenly found themselves cast onto the rocks of financial ruin
- strengthen social protection as an investment for the benefit of both economic and social integration  

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