Using everyday experiences from the job market, daily life and retirement, this pocket guide shows how citizens stand to benefit from the European Pillar of Social Rights. It also sets out the Pillar’s 20 principles for a fairer, more inclusive European Union (EU) and demonstrates why the Pillar is good for citizens and good for sustainable economic growth. In doing so, the guide shows how the Pillar responds to widespread public concern about the future of work, inequality and demographic change. #SocialRights
These case studies support the impact assessment on the European Commission initiative "Access to social protection for workers and the self-employed". They examine gaps in access to social protection for specific types of non-standard forms of employment in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania and Spain.
Things are moving fast as employment and social affairs make up a decisive part of the roadmap to a more united and democratic EU by June 2019, announced by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in September 2017: the Commission proposals to make it happen must be on the table of the European Parliament and Council by May 2018 at the latest.
We explain how the European Pillar of Social Rights, proclaimed by EU leaders last November, serves as a framework for preparing them and is strengthening the social dimension of EU economic governance.
We also review proposals for an EU framework to raise the quality of apprenticeships, report on evidence of an urgent need to take on intergenerational inequality and show how social innovation is a must to ensure sustainable economic growth.
What the European Pillar of Social Rights, adopted in April, means in practice: this is what the July issue of Social Agenda is all about. The Pillar serves as a reference framework for European Commission proposals on work-life balance and working time. Its spirit also inspires the new Commission proposal on social security coordination, to make free movement of workers within the EU fairer and easier, as well as the latest health and safety package of measures to increase the impact of EU legislation on the work floor. And the focus is on Spain to help employment and social services there cooperate more effectively, on the ground, in the face of long-term and youth unemployment.
This publication is available in print version in English, French and German. Print version coming soon.
The EU Youth Guarantee has got off to a good start: in 2014 and 2015, it made a difference in the lives of more than 9 million young people across Europe and it is driving in-depth structural reforms in the Member States. Social Agenda n°46 explains how and highlights what more needs to be done to accelerate and release the full potential of the national plans for implementing the Youth Guarantee. With a blueprint of a European Pillar of Social Rights due for adoption in 2017, Social Agenda also explains the context in which this initiative was born. And it puts the spotlight on plans to achieve more evidence-based social policy making by modernising the way data from social surveys is collected and used across the EU.