European Care Strategy
In “Promoting our European Way of Life”
The strategy was announced in the letter of intent accompanying the 2021 State of the Union address of Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen. It should contribute to the implementation the European Pillar of Social Rights. The health crisis caused by the coronavirus brought the work of formal and informal care workers center stage in policy debates related to working conditions, including issues of gender and work-life balance.
The European Commission's work programme for 2022 foresees a Communication on a European care strategy, accompanied by the revision of the Barcelona targets and a proposal for a Council Recommendation on long-term care for Q3 of 2022.
- European Commission, State of the Union 2021- Letter of intent, 15 September 2021
- European Commission, 2022 Commission Work Programme – key documents, website
- European Parliament (EPRS), A new directive on work-life balance, Briefing, July 2019
- European Parliament (EPRS) What if care work were recognised as a driver of sustainable growth? Briefing, June 2022
Author: Marketa Pape, Members' Research Service, firstname.lastname@example.org