European Pillar of Social Rights

11-01-2017

The European Union (EU) Member States have defined common social rights and minimum standards in a wide range of labour market-related areas, and have committed to promoting employment and social progress. However, economic and social inequalities are still on the rise. The European Commission's plan for a European Pillar of Social Rights calls for two main actions: modernising existing legislation to better fit the present reality of the world of work and societal patterns, and developing employment and social benchmarks in order to foster upward convergence in the euro area and potentially beyond. Parliament is due to consider an own-initiative report on the subject at its January 2017 plenary session.

The European Union (EU) Member States have defined common social rights and minimum standards in a wide range of labour market-related areas, and have committed to promoting employment and social progress. However, economic and social inequalities are still on the rise. The European Commission's plan for a European Pillar of Social Rights calls for two main actions: modernising existing legislation to better fit the present reality of the world of work and societal patterns, and developing employment and social benchmarks in order to foster upward convergence in the euro area and potentially beyond. Parliament is due to consider an own-initiative report on the subject at its January 2017 plenary session.