EU-Consultation open until end of 2016 towards a European pillar of social rights

On 8 March 2016, the European Commission put forward a first, preliminary outline of what should become the European Pillar of Social Rights. The Pillar should build on, and complement, our EU social "acquis" in order to guide policies in a number of fields essential for well-functioning and fair labour markets and welfare systems. There are three prioritised categories: Equal oppurtunities and access to the labour market, fair working conditions and adequate and sustainable social protection. The principles proposed do not replace existing rights, but offer a way to assess and, in the future, approximate for the better the performance of national employment and social policies. Once established, the Pillar should become the reference framework to screen the employment and social performance of participating Member States, to drive reforms at national level and, more specifically, to serve as a compass for the renewed process of convergence within the euro area.

The Commission launched a Website for the European Pillar of Social Rights:

http://ec.europa.eu/priorities/deeper-and-fairer-economic-and-monetary-union/towards-european-pillar-social-rights_en