Draft Action 3: European Pillar on Social Rights (EPSR) As a Framework For the Reconversion Towards a Sustainable Economy

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    18 July 2018 - updated 6 months ago
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This action suggests that the European Pillar on Social Rights (EPSR) should be the framework for the reconversion towards a sustainable economy in urban areas. The EPSR (17/11/2017) – in keeping with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8 on Decent work and economic growth – sets out 20 key principles and rights “to support fair and well-functioning labour markets and welfare systems”. Moreover, the EPSR is a policy objective for a more social Europe in the proposed Regulation regarding several funds post 2020.


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A) Bottleneck / Specific Problem Detected

The European demography and economy have considerably changed in the 21st century. To maintain fair and well-functioning labour markets and welfare systems, actions for a social Europe are needed. However, the EU Social Acquis lacks tools to improve the implementation and enforcement of existing rights. As more than half of the principles of the EPSR have a direct link to the local level, it is indispensable to involve this tier to effectively implement the EPSR. 


B) Action Needed

This action focuses on better knowledge through multi-level cooperation and targets “Education, training and life-long learning” (Principle 1) and “Secure and adaptable employment” (Principle 5) and comprises five chronological sub-actions:

  1. Collecting cities’ practices on multi-level cooperation in relation to implementing principle 1 and 5 (Jan – Apr 2019);
  2. Analysing the practices by experts to identify strengths, challenges, pitfalls and possible solutions regarding multi-level cooperation in relation to Principles 1 and 5 (May – July 2019);
  3. As a result of the analyses, disseminating a practical guide about how to deliver the EPSR at the local level in the framework of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and its associated funding instruments (September 2019);
  4. Organising a connecting event, bringing different tiers of government together to A) learn from one another’s expertise to feed into the Commission’s country reports and to B) co-create tools to deepen the monitoring of progress on Principles 1 and 5 up to the local level (October 2019);
  5. As a result of the connecting event, disseminating a practical guide about how to deliver the EPSR at the local level in the framework of the European Semester (December 2019).


C) Action Implementation

The action “strengthening the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights” must be facilitated by an external expert and meet the following features: Multi-level governance, Process-development, and Holistic approach; and relate with: SDGs 1, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 and 17 and the Urban Partnerships for Urban Poverty, Digital Transition and Inclusion of Migrants and Refugees. Depending on the result of this action, we recommend to issue similar guides in future years and to carry out a similar exercise with the other principles of the EPSR. 


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European Commission (EC), (24/10/2017:1). IP/17/4068. http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-17-4068_en.htm

EC, (29/5/2018). COM(2018) 375 final. https://eur-lex.europa.eu/resource.html?uri=cellar:26b02a36-6376-11e8-ab9c-01aa75ed71a1.0003.02/DOC_3&format=PDF

EC, (1/3/2017). COM(2017)2025. https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/beta-political/files/white_paper_on_the_future_of_europe_en.pdf

EC, (26/4/2017). SWD(2017) 206 final. http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:52017SC0206&from=EN