European Pillar of Social Rights European Pillar of Social Rights

Overview Overview

Delivering on a more social and fair Europe is a key priority for the European Commission. The European Pillar of Social Rights has been put forward to serve as a compass for a process leading to renewed socio-economic convergence. In this framework, the Pillar is supported by a scoreboard of key indicators to screen employment and social performances of participating Member States. 

The scoreboard serves as a reference framework to monitor ‘societal progress’ and it should detect in a timely way the most significant employment and social challenges as well as progress achieved over time. This monitoring tool would allow as well benchmarking successful outcomes to ensure overall improvement.

The outline of the European Pillar of Social Rights is divided into three main dimensions in the field of employment and social policies. Each of these headings contains a number of policy domains, to which different principles are attached.

Eurostat's role in the social scoreboard is as the provider of the data for the majority of the indicators. These data come from different sources, mainly social statistics such as the EU Labour Force Survey (LFS) or the EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU SILC). The use of these high-quality sources allows valid comparisons between Member States and to identify trends over time.


Equal opportunities and access to the labour market

This includes skills development, life-long learning and active support for employment. All these elements are all indispensable to increase employment opportunities, facilitate transitions between different employment statuses and improve the employability of individuals.

Dynamic labour markets and fair working conditions

Needed to establish an adequate and reliable balance of rights and obligations between workers and employers. They make sure that there is evenness between flexibility and security to facilitate job creation, job take-up and the adaptability of firms, and promoting social dialogue.

Public support / Social protection and inclusion

This includes access to health, social protection benefits and high quality services, including childcare, healthcare and long-term care, which are essential to ensure a dignified living and protection against life's risks. This enables citizens to participate fully in employment and, more generally, in society.