The consultation process has three main aims:
- To make an assessment of the present EU social "acquis": Which existing rights are practiced and remain relevant for today's and tomorrow's challenges? Should we consider new ways to deliver on these rights?
- To reflect on new trends in work patterns and societies: What has been the impact of new technologies, demographic trends and other factors on our working life and social conditions? Which best practices and lessons from social innovation should be actively encouraged?
- To gather views and get feedback on the outline of the European Pillar of Social Rights itself and help Member States outside the euro area to determine whether to opt in: What will be the role, scope and content of the Pillar as part of the social dimension of EMU? What are the euro area’s needs? What are the challenges related to the principles put forward under the Pillar?