The European Economic and Social Committee Workers' Group hosted an extraordinary meeting in Bulgaria on 21st and 22nd June 2018, Working Europe - We need more social and economic cohesion. Among other speakers, Sebastiano Sabato (European Social Observatory) co-author of the recently published study Implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights: what is needed to guarantee a positive social impact, presented its key findings.
Four key findings stand out. First, the Pillar has, within a very short time span, relaunched an ambitious EU ‘Social Agenda’ which has the potential to create new rights for citizens. Secondly, the Pillar is already strongly influencing the substantive messages of the 2018 cycle of the European Semester. Thirdly, the Social Scoreboard is a step forward but needs further refinement. Finally, national trade unions seem aware of the Pillar and are generally happy with its content but highly doubtful that they will be involved in its implementation.
To ensure effective implementation of the Pillar, the authors recommend that it should be given adequate financial resources, with a particular focus on the European Social Fund, and clearly defined governance tools through an ambitious but realistic roadmap. The EESC should play an important role in monitoring the implementation of the Pillar at EU and national levels and should act as a hub to gather and synthesise national trade unions’ and civil society’s proposals for effective implementation.
Full report can be found here.