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A social Europe at the centre of EU priorities 

MEPs will call on the European Commission to urgently deliver on the EU Pillar of Social Rights with concrete proposals and adequate funding, in a debate on Tuesday.

Following the Commission’s presentation of a roadmap to social Europe, MEPs will discuss how to translate the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights into concrete action, as promised by the Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights Nicolas Schmit during his Parliament hearing in October 2019.

MEPs have called for legislative proposals to set up an EU minimum wage and a fund to grant loans to national unemployment insurance schemes, to be activated in the event of a major economic shock. MEPs have also urged the Commission to develop a European Child Guarantee within the European Social Fund+, the EU’s main tool to support the implementation of the principles in the Pillar.

The European Pillar of Social Rights, launched on 17 November 2017, sets out 20 key principles and rights to support fair and well-functioning labour markets.

Commission statement

Debate: Tuesday, 14 January