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Delivering on the European Pillar of Social Rights - News

 
Special attention devoted to Pillar in this year's country-specific recommendations
23/05/2018

The 2018 CSRs focus on employment, education and social issues showing the Commission's determination to spotlight the implementation of the Pillar in Member States

 
Commission proposes to limit workers' exposure to cancer-causing chemicals
05/04/2018

The proposal intends to limit exposure to five cancer-causing substances and help create a healthier workplace, a core principle of the Pillar

 
New Commission initiatives deliver further on European Pillar of Social Rights
13/03/2018

The European Commission presented its proposal for a European Labour Authority as well as an initiative to ensure access to social protection

 
Pillar priorities highlighted in European Semester Winter Package
07/03/2018

For the first time, the Country Reports put a special emphasis on mainstreaming the priorities of the European Pillar of Social Rights

 
Employment and Social Development Quarterly Review - February 2018
12/02/2018

Employment in the EU continued to rise more strongly than expected in the third quarter of 2017, while unemployment figures declined further according to the latest Quarterly Review on Employment and Social Developments in Europe.

 
New edition of Social Agenda explains how Pillar contributes to more united and democratic EU
30/01/2018

The latest edition of the Social Agenda magazine explains how the European Pillar of Social Rights, proclaimed by EU leaders last November, sets the stage for a more united and democratic EU and is strengthening the social dimension of EU economic governance.

 
Commission proposes to improve transparency and predictability of working conditions
20/12/2017

As part of the follow-up to the European Pillar of Social Rights, the European Commission has adopted a proposal for a new Directive for more transparent and predictable working conditions across the EU.

 
President Juncker and Prime Minister Löfven present way forward after the Social Summit
28/11/2017

After the Social Summit in Gothenburg on 17 November 2017, European Commission President Juncker and Swedish Prime Minister Löfven take stock of its outcome.

 

 
European Commission President Juncker, European Parliament President Tajani and Prime Minister Ratas
17/11/2017

European Union leaders have solemnly proclaimed the European Pillar of Social Rights at the Social Summit for fair jobs and growth in Gothenburg, Sweden.

 

 
Commission welcomes Council's endorsement of European Pillar of Social Rights

24/10/2017

At the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council of 23 October in Luxembourg, EU Ministers of Employment and Social Affairs expressed their unanimous endorsement of the European Pillar of Social Rights.

 
Pillar of Social Rights: Council gives green light for proclamation by the institutions
23/10/2017

The EU Employment and Social Policy ministers have agreed unanimously on the text of the Proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights and gave the authorisation to sign it on behalf of the member states at the Gothenburg Summit on 17 November 2017.

 
Commission presents the European Pillar of Social Rights
26/04/2017

Building a fairer Europe and strengthening its social dimension is a key priority for this Commission. Today, it delivers on its promise to adopt its proposal for the European Pillar of Social Rights.

 

 
Commission prepares next steps towards European Pillar of Social Rights
25/01/2017

At this high-level conference, which closed the far-ranging consultation on the Social Pillar, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker highlighted national minimum salaries and national minimum incomes as issues he would like to see addressed by European cooperation on the Pillar.

 
CEEP's opinion on the European Pillar of Social Rights
04/01/2017
CEEP's opinion on the European Pillar of Social Rights

The European Centre of Employers and Enterprises (CEEP) has published its opinion on the EU public consultation on the European Pillar of Social Rights.

 
UNI Europa's response to Social Pillar consultation
03/01/2017
UNI Europa's response to Social Pillar consultation

UNI Europa (the European services workers union) has sent its response to the EU public consultation on the European Pillar of Social Rights.

 
Social dialogue needed to manage digitalisation in the world of work
23/12/2016

Social dialogue is the right way to discuss both how to take advantage of the digitalisation opportunities as how to manage negative effects on employment, jobs and working conditions.

 
Young people make their voices heard on Social Pillar
08/12/2016

The employment and social challenges facing young people were in the spotlight during a Strategic Dialogue meeting in Brussels on the European Pillar of Social Rights.

 

 
Social Platform's response to the Pillar consultation published
25/11/2016
Social Platform's response to the Pillar consultation published

Social Platform, the largest civil society alliance fighting for social justice and participatory democracy in Europe, has published its response to the consultation on the Pillar of Social Rights. They consider the number of people at risk of poverty, the levels of inequalities and unemployment as the most worrying trends in the EU.

 
COMECE supports Social Pillar
18/11/2016
COMECE supports Social Pillar

The Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) has submitted its contribution to the Social Pillar consultation bringing forward a series of proposals on promoting policy coherence, enforcing social rights and re-thinking education.

 
Mental Health Europe issues discussion paper on Social Pillar
16/11/2016
Mental Health Europe issues discussion paper on Social Pillar

Mental Health Europe (MHE) has issued its discussion paper on the Pillar of Social Rights welcoming the commitment to work towards a more social Europe and outlining MHE's initial thoughts and concerns about the initiative.

 
EuroHealthNet 'conditionally' welcomes Social Pillar
15/11/2016
EuroHealthNet 'conditionally' welcomes Social Pillar

EuroHealthNet has issued a position paper on the Social Pillar initiative seeing it as an opportunity to clarify unclear objectives and provisions in the EU Treaties and body of laws concerning equality, wellbeing and social determinants of health.

 
UEAPME position paper on Social Pillar published
10/11/2016
UEAPME position paper on Social Pillar published

The European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (UEAPME) has published a position paper on the Pillar of Social Rights emphasizing the importance of benchmarks and that the better integration of economic and social dimensions is a key priority for a fair and inclusive labour market and well-functioning welfare systems.

 
FEANTSA publishes reaction to the Social Pillar focusing on the housing priority
07/11/2016
FEANTSA publishes reaction to the Social Pillar focusing on the housing priority

The European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless (FEANTSA) has responded to the Social Pillar consultation and published their reaction to the Commission’s preliminary proposal. FEANTSA shares 5 key principals for supporting Member States to tackle homelessness and ensure the right to adequate housing for all.

 
COFACE publishes seminar report on Social Pillar
18/10/2016

COFACE-Families Europe has published its seminar report Making the European Pillar of Social Rights a reality for Europe’s families: mind the gap. The report provides a brief overview of the key messages that were raised during the reflection seminar on 27 September 2016.

 
Committee of the Regions issues draft opinion on Social Pillar
11/10/2016

The draft opinion by the European Committee of the Regions highlights how creating a strong European pillar of social rights can make a major contribution to coordination and upward convergence of social standards and strengthen the democratic legitimacy of the EU.

 
CESI's main messages on European Pillar of Social Rights published
29/09/2016

The European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (CESI) has adopted its main messages on the European Pillar of Social Rights. These main messages constitute the basis for a more detailed consultation response that will be submitted to the European Commission later this year.

 
EAPN launches position paper on Social Pillar and response to online consultation
27/09/2016

After consultation with its members, the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) launched its position paper on the Social Pillar and its response to the Commission’s consultation.

 

 
ETUC voices opinion on European Pillar of Social Rights
23/09/2016

Following widespread consultation and debate in the Executive Committee, the ETUC has adopted its position on the European Pillar of Social Rights open consultation.

 

 
Global Deal launched in New York
23/09/2016

The Global Deal is a global initiative with the objective of jointly addressing the challenges in the global labour market and enabling all people to benefit from globalisation. It is a multi-stakeholder partnership that aims to encourage governments, businesses, unions and other organisations to make commitments to enhance social dialogue. Effective social dialogue can contribute to decent work, quality jobs and increased productivity and thus to greater equality and inclusive growth.

 
Draft opinion of EP Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality published
20/09/2016

The Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality of the European Parliament has published its draft opinion on the European Pillar of Social Rights

 

 
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker mentions Pillar of Social Rights in his State of the Union speech
14/09/2016

"Social injustice remains. Therefore we have to work urgently on the European Pillar of Social Rights. And we will do so with energy and enthusiasm. Europe is not social enough. We must change that", said President Juncker in German in his 2016 State of the Union speech. For more details, watch the full speech on YouTube.

The "Presentation of a European Pillar of Social Rights and related initiatives, including work-life balance" is mentioned as an item of major political importance for 2017 in the letter of intent of the Commission to the Presidents of the Council and the European Parliament (see p.28 of the written speech).

 
Draft report on Pillar of Social Rights published by European Parliament
13/09/2016

The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs of the European Parliament has published a draft report on the European Pillar of Social Rights, which emphasises that the European Pillar of Social Rights cannot be limited to a declaration of principles but must consist of legislation, policy-making mechanisms and financial instruments to deliver a positive impact on citizens’ lives.

 
Barbara Kauffmann interview on the European Pillar of Social Rights
30/08/2016

What have we learned so far? Listen to Barbara Kauffmann, Director for Employment and Social Governance at DG EMPL (European Commission), reply.

 
 On 24 August BusinessEurope published its preliminary contribution to the debate on the European Pillar of Social Rights
24/08/2016

Read BusinessEurope's contribution to the debate on the European Pillar of Social Rights.

 
National consultation event in Belgium
13/07/2016

National consultation event in Belgium: The Representation of the European Commission in Belgium organised a series of work sessions with representatives of Belgian social partners, civil society and academics

 
The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) explains why the consultation on the Social Rights Pillar launched by the European Commission is important for support services.
30/06/2016

Luk Zelderloo, Secretary General of the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) explains why the consultation on the Social Rights Pillar launched by the European Commission is important for support services.

 
European Social Observatory lunchtime session - Combating Poverty in Europe: Active inclusion and the European Pillar of Social Rights
20/06/2016

Discovering methods to effectively combat poverty and social exclusion has become a major political challenge in Europe, especially in the context of the European Pillar of Social Rights.

 
 EAPN conference
16/06/2016

EAPN held its conference on 16 June 2016 to provide a concrete and timely input to the key European Commission consultation on a European Pillar of Social Rights.

 
 President Juncker's speech at the ILO World of Work Summit 2016
09/06/2016

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was the guest of honour of this year's International Labour Conference, the supreme body of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), that took place in Geneva over May-June 2016.

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