As part of the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights, the European Commission has adopted a proposal for a Council Recommendation on access to social protection for workers and the self-employed.
The objective is to support people in non-standard forms of employment and self-employment who, due to their employment status, are not sufficiently covered by social security schemes and thus are exposed to higher economic uncertainty.
Through a proposal for a Council Recommendation, the Commission aims to encourage EU countries to:
The proposal covers social security schemes for unemployment, sickness and healthcare, maternity or paternity, accidents at work and occupational diseases, disability and old age.
In line with Treaty provisions, the Commission launched consultations with social partners to request their views on the direction of European Union action to address obstacles faced by workers in non-standard forms of employment and by the self-employed in accessing social protection.
In parallel, the Commission also launched an open public consultation to gather the views of other relevant stakeholders such as national, regional and local authorities, organisations for the self-employed, and civil society.
The Commission performed an Impact Assessment which included a literature review and expert advice from the following commissioned studies: