Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

23/01/2017 Brussels

The European Pillar of Social Rights: going forward together

In March 2016 the Commission launched a public consultation to make an assessment of the present EU social "acquis", to reflect on new trends in work patterns and societies and to gather views and feedback on the principles identified in a preliminary outline of the European Pillar of Social Rights.

The consultation ran until 31 December 2016 and its results will contribute to the final outline of the Pillar and help to identify the scope of future action where necessary. The Commission held a European conference on the Pillar of Social Rights in January 2017 which was an important milestone in wrapping up the consultation and defining the future direction of the European Pillar of Social Rights.

A consolidated version of the European Pillar of Social Rights should be presented early in 2017. Once adopted, the Pillar should become a reference framework to screen employment and social performance of participating Member States and to drive reforms at national level. More specifically, it should also serve as a compass for renewed convergence within the euro area.


  • Equal access to labour markets and skills development
  • Tackling poverty
  • Fair working conditions for all
  • Future of work
  • Future of social protection
  • The social dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union

More information can be found in the Workshop teasers.

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You could also follow the conference and join the debate on Twitter with the hashtag #SocialRights.

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