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Do all roads lead to Social Europe?

As the road clears towards Heads of State and Government collectively committing to a strong European Pillar of Social Rights, hopes and doubts regarding the impact of such an “instrument” have never been so big. So what is the right direction to take to ensure that Member States set priorities at national and European level to tackle social deficits?

At a European Parliament event Social Platform co-organised with civil society, trade union and enterprise representatives last week, I welcomed the Social Pillar as a good first step towards a right-based approach to work on social issues at European level. But what does it mean to have rights when there is no clear commitment of accountability to guarantee them? As a leading network promoting social standards, should our strategy be to advocate for the creation of social rights with clear mechanisms to ensure they are......

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