Overview - European Pillar of Social Rights

European Pillar of Social Rights - Overview


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A compass for social progress

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. A renewed list of headline indicators has been put forward by the European Commission in the beginning of 2021 and endorsed by the Ministers of Employment and Social Affairs of the European Union in June 2021.

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 (although they cannot be clearly distinguished as such), to which different principles are attached. Most of the 20 principles are represented by at least 1 indicator.

  • Equal opportunities
    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.
  • Fair working conditions
    These are 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.
  • 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 society.

Monitored by a social scoreboard

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.

Supported by Eurostat

Eurostat is the provider of the data for the majority of the indicators of the social scoreboard. 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.

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To familiarise yourself with the the Pillar, we provide you a social scoreboard of the indicators supporting the Pillar and help you to find out how your country is performing.

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