The European Commission adopted its proposal for the “European Pillar of Social Rights”. This pillar sets out 20 principles and rights to support fair and well-functioning labour markets and welfare systems. It is designed as a compass for a renewed process of upward convergence towards better working and living conditions within the Union. The pillar is primarily conceived for the euro area but applicable to all EU Member States wishing to be part of it. It was prepared by the Commission, in consultation with stakeholders at all levels, including the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, who recently made public his opinion on the initiaitve.
The pillar reaffirms rights that are already present in the EU and international legal acquis, including the European Social Charter. The principles and rights enshrined in the Pillar are structured around three categories: equal opportunities and access to the labour market, fair working conditions and social protection and inclusion.
The Pillar is presented under two legal forms with identical content: as a Commission Recommendation, and as a proposal for a joint proclamation by the Parliament, the Council and the Commission. On this basis, the Commission will now enter into discussions with the European Parliament and the Council to work towards broad political support and high-level endorsement of the Pillar.