The European Pillar of Social Rights: turning principals into practice

Date: Monday 12 February

Time: 18:00 – 20:00

Venue: Austrian Permanent Representation, Brussels

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In view of the redesign of EU economic governance, the start of a new legislature in Brussels in 2024, the upcoming European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) review of 2025, and in the context of the war in Ukraine, the ‘cost-of-living’ crisis, the transitions, and the splintering of the political landscape, the EPSR and its role as a compass and a positive, counter-crisis narrative has never been more important. With the change of the European Commission and the new Parliament, and in our context of permacrisis, the emphasis on the EPSR and the implementation of its 20 thematic rights and principles must be safeguarded.

The Foundation for European Progressive Studies, Social Platform, Solidar, AK EUROPA, and the European Policy Centre invite you to a policy dialogue to propose lines of action to keep the EPSR spirit alive and promote legislative action during the next mandate.

Building on a stakeholders’ consultation, the European Policy Centre, authors Danielle Brady, Tommaso Grossi and Laura Rayner, will formulate preliminary policy proposals for the design of a ‘Shadow European Social Agenda’, with recommendations that can influence the review of the Social Pillar Action Plan, and the next European Commission work programme and Council Strategic Agenda.

Among our speakers, we will welcome:

  • Fabien Dell, Head of Unit, European Commission
  • Agnes Jongerius, S&D MEP
  • Francesco Corti, Advisor Belgian Minister of Social Affairs and Public Health
  • Oliver Röpke, EESC President
  • Tea Jarc, ETUC Confederal Secretary
  • Bjorn Hacker, Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Applied Sciences (HTW), Berlin

This event brings together policymakers, trade unions, civil society representatives, academics, and experts to engage in a critical discussion about the future of the EPSR and its pivotal role in shaping the European Union’s social policies.

Event promotional banner - with a graphic illustrating the thematic areas of the European Pillar of Social Rights