Building a fairer and more inclusive European Union
As we overcome the pandemic, as we prepare necessary reforms and as we speed up the twin green and digital transitions, I believe it is time to also adapt the social rulebook. A rulebook which ensures solidarity between generations. A rulebook that rewards entrepreneurs who take care of their employees. Which focuses on jobs and opens up opportunities. Which puts skills, innovation and social protection on an equal footing.
Europe is home to the most equal societies in the world, the highest standards in working conditions, and broad social protection. . The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission proclaimed the European Pillar of Social Rights in 2017 at the Gothenburg Summit. The Pillar sets out 20 key principles which represent the beacon guiding us towards a strong social Europe that is fair, inclusive and full of opportunity in the 21st century.
More needs to be done so that the 20 principles of the Pillar help us build fairer and more well-functioning labour markets as well as good welfare systems for the benefit of all Europeans. With the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan, the Commission has set out concrete initiatives to achieve just that. Delivering on the Pillar is a joint effort by EU institutions, national, regional and local authorities, social partners and civil society.
The Social Summit in Porto on 7-8 May 2021, organised by the Portuguese Council Presidency, will provide the opportunity to reaffirm the commitment and ambition to put people first in Europe’s recovery and beyond. The Porto Social Summit will also be an occasion to rally forces to renew, at the highest political level, the commitment to implement the Social Pillar.